Birmingham's on-loan midfielder Teemu Tainio admits he is now "open-minded" about his long term future.
Tainio had previously expressed a desire to try and convince Blues boss Alex McLeish he was worthy of a permanent deal.
But the Sunderland man is facing fresh competition at St Andrew's from January arrivals Craig Gardner Aston Villa and Michel Sporting Gijon.
Tainio said: "I have one more year at Sunderland on my contract. If the club tell me I am staying, then I stay.
"I am really open-minded on my future. I will just play to the end of the season with Birmingham and hopefully I will get a few more games.
"When you see what the team has done this year, it's really good. It's hard to say what will happen but I am open-minded."
Tainio has just returned to full fitness after undergoing knee surgery and is ready to challenge for a spot despite the additions to McLeish's squad.
He said: "I am pleased I am back. My knee feels good. I haven't had any problems since the operation. The injury is done and dusted and I hope I can get to play a part.
"I had a chat with the manager when I was near to fitness and he said it would be tough to get in again because the team was playing well.
"When I was out, a few midfielders came in. You need a big squad because there are a lot of games. There is a big fight for places here.
"There are a very good bunch of midfielders here. But I am ready for the challenge."