Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack has confessed that he would be open to extending his loan at Melbourne City rather than returning to the Championship outfit.

The 31-year-old scored his first goal for the Australian side at the weekend in a 1-0 A-League win over Wellington Phoenix.

He has since spoken out about his future and hinted at leaving his parent club on a permanent deal once the agreement with Melbourne expires at the end of 2017.

“I am not thinking about going back to Aston Villa just yet,” he said, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

“There’s no secret it’s not worked out there and we will see if there’s anything that can be done, if I can stay here or go somewhere else on loan to play some more games, or leave permanently.

“I am not sure what’s going to happen.”

McCormack arrived at Villa Park last August to much fanfare and with a proven goalscoring record in the second tier of English football.

However, he found the net just three times before the turn of the year and in January was shipped out to Nottingham Forest on loan amid claims from manager Steve Bruce that he had failed to show up for training.

Frozen out by the former Sunderland boss this season, McCormack’s involvement was limited to two appearances in the League Cup before he got his move at the end of the transfer window.

Analysing his time in Birmingham is difficult; Bruce favours a direct style of play which is ill-suited to the diminutive Scotland forward, who was originally bought in by the more possession-minded Roberto Di Matteo.

Nonetheless, McCormack has not done himself any favours with his attitude and there will be few Villa fans lamenting his loss if and when he does depart.

The Villans are enjoying a strong run of form at present and sit fifth in the Championship table ahead of the derby clash with Birmingham City on Sunday.

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