TOWN are keen to extend Dan Smith's loan to the end of the season.
The 19-year-old left-back finishes his initial month's spell after tonight's clash with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road (7.45).
Manager Peter Jackson - who is determined to push for automatic promotion - plans to ask Sunderland if Smith (pictured) can stay at the Galpharm for the rest of the League I campaign.
"Dan has done well and I'd like to keep him here until the summer," said Jackson, who travels tonight with a 19-man squad including Andy Holdsworth, Danny Adams and John McAliskey.
"While his best position is left-back, he gives us options on the left-hand side and Dan will only get better with the more games he plays.
"His experience is limited so far, but he's enjoyed his time here and he'll do us a good job."
Smith made his debut as a substitute when tonight's opponents were beaten 2-0 at the Galpharm last month and he'll make a fourth straight start as Town target back-to-back League wins for the first time since October.
Holdsworth is expected to return after his one-match ban as Jacko targets another clean sheet.
"It's important we start well and don't give away any stupid early goals," he said.
"We've been chasing too many away games lately and I don't want that to happen again tonight."
David Graham aims to extend his scoring run to four in four.
"If we defend well we'll win, I'm sure of that," added Jacko.