Cammy Ballantyne has set himself a double target of winning a title with Montrose then playing in the Premiership next season with Dundee United.
The 20-year-old defender, who is on loan at Links Park from the promotion-chasing Tangerines for a second season, is out of contract in the summer but would love to remain at Tannadice beyond that.
Ballantyne has been named Ladbrokes League Two player of the month for November and it’s a double celebration for the Gable Endies as Stewart Petrie has also landed the manager of the month award.
Now the player aims to continue his good form to try to convince United boss Csaba Laszlo to offer new terms for what he hopes will be the club’s return to the top flight.
Ballantyne said: “My contract is up at the end of the season so I will need to wait and see what’s going to happen.
“The club will probably speak to me in January but I don’t know if they will offer me a new deal or not.
“The more successful I am at Montrose the more chance of have of getting one.
“I train Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with United and Thursday night with Montrose.
“Hopefully, I’m still in the manager’s mind by training with the first team.
“Csaba Laszlo’s training is very good and hopefully I can catch his eye.
“I’m delighted to be voted player of the month.
“It just proves that the team has been going well and I am going in the right direction.”
Montrose finished November top of the division but they have been joined by Peterhead after the Blue Toon won at Stirling Albion on Tuesday night.
Petrie said: “Cammy has been outstanding in the last six weeks and I’m sure he has a bright future at full-time level.
“His attitude and application are second to none so he is one who will definitely further his career. We’re just happy to have him right now.
“He’s one of these boys who has a bit of steel about him that sometimes younger ones don’t have.
“I have no doubt he will play at a higher level.”
Montrose face Berwick at home on Saturday and then they take on the other three teams in the top four – Elgin, Stirling Albion and Peterhead – in a massive month.
Petrie added: “All the games are tough.
“It’s a really tight league but we want to be in the shake-up.”