Sam Mantom today admitted he needs to quit West Brom for the sake of his career – and refused to rule out a longer stay at Walsall.
The midfielder, on loan at the Saddlers, feels he must leave The Hawthorns to progress after struggling to break into the first team.
His loan expires on Saturday, after tomorrow’s clash with Portsmouth, and the 20-year-old conceded his Baggies career may be over.
Mantom said: “My contract is up at the end of the season, they’ve got an option but I need to get some games now. It seems like I’m getting no chance there so I’m going to have to find my future elsewhere - unless there’s a severe turnaround in fortune.
“For myself and my family I need to try to find another club who will give me the chance. I needed to get out of there as early as I could this season because I wasn’t getting any sniffs. I need to get league games, I’m 20 and it’s a big part of my career in the next two years.”
His deal is up, along with Chesterfield loanee Craig Westcarr, after the weekend but Mantom, who scored three goals in 13 games on loan at Walsall last season, insisted he will consider staying.
He said: “I’ve got until Saturdaybut I don’t know what the gaffer wants, he’ll have to speak to my agent and West Brom. Given the chance I’d probably stay. It’s a good club, well run, and there’s a good set of lads. We’re playing some good stuff and I don’t see any reason why I’d turn it down.
“Coming back was pretty easy. I knew most of the lads who were here, I just had to get to know the lads who came in in the summer. I knew all the staff and what the gaffer wants. It’s been a smooth process.”
Mantom’s 30-yard rocket in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leyton Orient was his first of the season and he is now eyeing a scoring run, if he stays beyond the weekend.
He added: “I was disappointed I hadn’t got a few goals before. I got three last season and I’ve always got a goal in me and hopefully I can keep getting the opportunities.”