Coventry City loan star Leo Ostigard admits he faces a big summer that could change the course of his career.
The 21-year-old, who has this year stepped up to the senior Norwegian squad, is out of contract at his parent Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the season.
The Seagulls have an option of another year which they are likely to trigger to safeguard their investment, having signed the centre-half from Molde for an undisclosed fee back in 2018.
But whether the determined defender stays at the Falmer Stadium remains to be seen, the player forthright in his view that he needs to be playing regular first team football rather than a bit-part player from the bench.
And given the competition ahead of him and step up in level, that’s not necessarily something that will be guaranteed by Albion boss Graham Potter whose side are battling to avoid relegation.
Going down might be a different scenario, of course, but for the time being it appears all options are on the table, including extending his spell with the Sky Blues, assuming they want him of course.
But after largely impressing during his season-long loan he might just be what Mark Robins is looking for in the summer transfer window.
“It will be a big summer for me,” said Ostigard, who scored his first goal in English football and for Coventry in Easter Monday’s 3-1 victory over Bristol City.
“I don’t want to stress about it, just see what’s coming up.
“I need to take a choice and as I have always said, I need to play. I am not going to risk my career to sit on the bench so that’s my main thing as a football player.
“So I want to play for a team where I can play rather than sit on the bench for a better team, so that’s my opinion on being a footballer, and that will be my main thing to think about.”
Asked if Coventry succeed in staying in the Championship whether the club would be an option for him next season, he said: “Of course they’ll be an option.
“I have enjoyed my time here at Coventry and I have missed not playing in front of the fans.
“I would love to play for the fans and I would love to do that for one time.
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“I have heard a lot of good things about them, so that will be an option of course, and we have to see what’s coming up, and what Brighton are saying to me.
“But my main thing is playing football and as many games as I can.”