Northampton Town have retained first option on re-signing young striker Steve Morison, despite selling him to Bishop's Stortford for a nominal fee.
Morison scored three goals in seven starts for Northampton
The 21-year-old joined the Conference South side last week, and Cobblers boss Colin Calderwood believes the move could work out well for both parties.
"We can watch his progress there and we still have a hold on him to a certain extent," Calderwood said.
"We are aware of what he is. Hopefully he can earn himself a reputation."
Morison scored three goals in seven starts for the Cobblers - and made 28 appearances in all.
He has scored once this season, the equaliser in Town's 1-1 draw at Darlington in September.
Calderwood thinks regular first-team football will be better for his long-term development.
"With us adding Julian Alsop to the squad he would probably have been consigned to reserve-team football," he added.
"He can now go and play every Saturday and we have an agreement with Stortford that would allow us to bring him back here if we wanted to."