Premier League youngster happy to extend loan stay
CARDIFF City loanee Joe Ralls would be willing to extend his stay at Yeovil Town beyond January but is focused on the present to ensure the future takes care of itself.
The talented teenager has taken little time to settle at Huish Park, quickly becoming one of manager Gary Johnson's first choices either on the wing or in central midfielder.
His Premier League parent club have high hopes for his potential as he continues to make a mark in the Sky Bet Championship where he made his Cardiff debut.
And such has been the speed of his assimilation into South Somerset life, Ralls admitted he would be happy to stay longer even if the prospect of a renewal was a few months away.
"I'm really enjoying myself," he said. "The boys have been brilliant, hopefully I can kick on, score a few goals and help the team.
"I'm not sure what will happen in January, but I will keep my head down and work hard until then. It will be nice to see what happens in January.
"The fans, I couldn't believe how they got behind the club here. They're brilliant, especially at home and it's been a joy to play in front of them.
"We have given them some good performances and if we get a couple of good results they can really help us this season."
Ralls added he had no preference which midfield role he occupied, providing his Glovers' boss was impressed with his contributions.
The 19-year-old said: "I played a lot of football on the left at Cardiff as we had a strong central midfield when I was coming through the ranks, so I don't mind at all. I still class myself as a central midfielder but I am happy playing there and I can always come infield. If the gaffer thinks it's working then I'm happy to play there."
Ralls believed Yeovil are close to turning a corner and leaving a frustrating start to the season behind them and said morale remained high in the dressing room.
"Our work rate is brilliant, I noticed that as soon as I came in," he said. "We're just lacking a bit of spark to maybe nick that goal, and maybe also that luck, but generally we feel, ourselves, that we can do that bit more to win a game or get a good result.
"We have got a good bunch of hungry lads and we do all want to do well for each other. I think we will kick on and a good result will boost us and we can go on a run from there. We have played some big sides here at home and done really well, but just come up short.
"If maybe one of those results was a win it could have kick started the season.
"We're lacking maybe that little bit in the final third. If we can turn that around with goals then we will be alright. The Championship is a funny league – every game we can win if we turn up."