He may be non-committal over his future, but no one can question Pablo Mills' motives, as he endeavours to secure Walsall's League One future.
The 21-year-old full-back is yet another of Walsall's loan rangers and has yet to taste victory in a Saddlers shirt.
Yet that is through no fault of his own as his robust style has already earmarked him as a player with the stomach for a relegation scrap.
A war of attrition may appear to be an unpalatable prospect but Mills is a hungry footballer.
After apparently being frozen out of the first team picture at Derby by George Burley, Phil Brown and Terry Westley, Mills has been forced to resurrect his career in the depths of League One.
A loan spell at MK Dons preceded his stint at the Bescot and he refused to be drawn on what the future holds with his contract due to expire in June.
"I'm not to worried about what is going to happen in the future as I would like to keep my options open. When the time comes then I will cross that bridge," said a cautious Mills.
"I was playing for a while at Pride Park. However, a new manager came in with new ideas and there has since been three managers in a short space of time.
"During that period I have been out of favour and there are some good defenders at the club. All the managers there have generally preferred experience to youth.
"I did try and stick in there and get my place but nothing happened, so that is why I came out on loan.
"However, something could still happen there next season. There is no permanent manager there at present but, someone could come in who has different ideas and I could be back in the frame.
"I don't really know what is going to happen. I have come to Walsall to play games and help the club out of the situation we are in. It is beneficial for both of us."
While Mills is determined to hedge his bets until the summer, new boss Kevan Broadhurst is clearly a fan.
He utilised Mills' destructive talents in central mid-field and will be using his powers of persuasion to convince Mills that a move back to his Birmingham roots will benefit his career.
And the cagey Mills, who wouldn't nail his colours to the mast of either Premiership club in the city, admits it is a mutual appreciation society.
"The manager has drilled his ideas into us straight away, which I think will to make us tougher and better," continued Mills.
"Hopefully it is starting to take effect, as you saw in the performance against Southend.
"He has been delighted with my enthusiasm and work ethic and I will continue to do that.
"I have been brought up as a defender, so that is my strongest position, but, as long as I am playing, I am willing to do a job for the team.
"I think the club has got a lot of potential, as it has a very young squad, which can only benefit the club."