John-Joe O'Toole still to decide on Bristol Rovers stay
On-loan Bristol Rovers midfielder John Joe-O'Toole says will take some time before making a decision on his immediate future.
Rovers boss John Ward is keen to keep O'Toole, who is on loan from Colchester until the end of the month, at the Memorial Stadium for an extended stay and opened dialogue with Essex-based club on the matter last week.
O'Toole, who has played three games and scored one goal since arriving at the end of December, however, will not make a decision on his future until speaking to Colchester boss Joe Dunne to assess his chances of getting regular first-team action back at his parent club.
"The gaffer (John Ward) here has mentioned about extending the loan," O'Toole said. "I'll have to wait and see what happens because it is quite a big decision for me to make.
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"I'll have to speak to the manager at Colchester first and then weigh up things a little bit. You want to be playing at the highest level you can for as long as you can, but you also need to be playing regular games.
"I want to be out on the pitch getting noticed and getting match time, which is why I've dropped a league to come and play here. I'll weigh it up and see what happens."
O'Toole has quickly become a fans' favourite at the Memorial Stadium following some impressive displays during a period in which Ward's side has enjoyed an upturn in form.
"If the fans are happy with what they have seen from me, then I'm pleased with that," said O'Toole. "The fans are decent here; very passionate about the club so it is great to play in front of them.
"It gives you an extra incentive to work really hard for them. If they are happy with what I am doing then it is just flattering for me to hear that, really.
"There has been a couple of great turn-outs and it has been a while since I have played in an environment like that. It has been an enjoyable period for me. I needed games and I I've been pleased to get some in. We've had a few good results, which helps, and I'm just looking forward to the next couple now.
"I even think we were a bit unlucky not to get something from the one game we've lost since I've been here against Gillingham."
Rovers, however, still remain at the foot of League Two despite a respectable return of seven points from a possible 12 since Ward took charge following mid-season rivals for fellow relegation-threatened sides AFC Wimbledon and Barnet.
"You can only do what you can do," said O'Toole. "There is no point worrying about the other teams. Hopefully, we can win a few more to put us in a good position to capitalise if the other teams start dropping points."
The players, meanwhile, returned to train on a snow-covered 3G pitch at Cribbs Causeway this morning.
Adverse weather conditions forced cancellation of Friday's session as well as the game against Exeter City on Saturday and O'Toole added: "The weather has been a bit unfortunate for us. We'd have loved to have played the Exeter game on the back of the great result we had at Fleetwood.
"It's disappointing, but we can only look forward to the next game. You want to be training on good surfaces, but the snow makes things a little bit tricky.
"We just have to make do for a few days and do as much as we can possibly do in the circumstances. It is just one of those things."