KYEL Reid has revealed he has spoken to head coach John McGreal about the possibility of staying longer at Colchester United once his loan spell ends next month.

The experienced winger has been on loan at the U’s from their League Two rivals Coventry City since August but is due to see his stint at the Weston Homes Community Stadium end on January 7.

Reid returned to Colchester’s league starting line-up for the first time in six weeks in their victory at Swindon Town, last Friday.

The 30-year-old provided two assists in his side’s 3-2 win at the County Ground and the former West Ham United youngster says his U’s future will be determined in the coming weeks.

Reid told the Daily Gazette: “I’ve spoken to the gaffer and (assistant manager) Steve Ball briefly about it and it’s something that we’re going to assess in a few weeks and see what happens. I’m enjoying my football here and it’s great for me and my family, so we’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks.

“There’s a lot of games coming up over the next few weeks and I’m hoping to play my part.

“There will be lots of bodies called upon, so whoever gets the call will do their bit and step in for the team.” Reid created goals for Frankie Kent and Mikael Mandron at Swindon and the Colchester loanee says he enjoyed providing goals for others, on his return to the side. He said: “It had been a long time waiting but I just had to bide my time and when I do get that opportunity, take it and give the gaffer something to think about.

“I was pleased to get back in the team at Swindon and help with two goals. It’s a stepping stone for me to progress with that now and hopefully I can do that for the rest of the time that I’m here.

“I’m always happy to get assists – that’s what I’ve lived on from my days of being at West Ham and at other clubs after that.

“For me, getting assists is like scoring a goal and that’s what I’m here, to help create as well as score goals.”

Colchester are only being kept out of the play-off positions on goal difference after a fine run of league form and Reid says they are striving for a top-seven finish, at the very least.

Reid added: “The manager is always telling us about the magnificent form that we’ve been in and we just want to keep that going and we’re taking it game by game. We just want to keep that run going and see where it takes us.

"We’re here to go one step further than they did last year and with the players we’ve got here, it’s been a massive boost for us to kick on and play with the confidence we have.”