DARREN Ward’s future is out of his own hands, as the defender waits to hear whether he is wanted by Paolo Di Canio on a long-term basis.

The defender, whose loan deal from Millwall expires on January 5, has not spoken about the possibility of an extension with the Swindon Town manager and he has stressed that he is not keen to think too much about what will happen in the new year just yet.

However, having made 15 appearances to date for the Robins in an environment that suits his lifestyle down to a T, Ward is definitely loving his time in Wiltshire.

“It’s something which I will probably look at nearer the time or whatever the manager decides. It is out of my hands. I can say many things now but ultimately he makes the decisions and I respect that,” he said.

“He might not want me. I am enjoying it. He’s not said anything to me. I’m totally fine and enjoying it.

“I’m on loan until January. It’s one of those where I’m going to see how things go. I’m enjoying it and I want to keep enjoying it but I really want to start helping to get some wins and keep high up this table.

“I’m a believer in dealing day by day in football because things can literally change day by day in football.

“I don’t like to plan too much. I am a bit of a planner in general but when it comes to football you have to be very wary and cautious with the different situations that could come up.

“I’m thinking about being here and concentrating about here and I’m really enjoying it here.

“For some people who might be wondering why I dropped a level to play here it’s because it’s what I want to do. I spoke to the (Millwall) manager (Kenny Jackett) probably a year ago and mentioned that I wanted to leave.

“Before that it was quite clear what I wanted to do. It’s taken a bit of time to find a club which I’d like to give it a go with and hit the levels I’d like to hit.

“Whether it’s the league below, a league higher or abroad it was really a case of where I feel I’d be comfortable.”

Meanwhile, Jay McEveley has flown to Rome for treatment on a knee problem.

Reports suggest the Town man will undergo a cartilage operation but it is unknown how long he will be sidelined.