Carroll has no plans for Pats return yet
FORMER St Patrick's Athletic man Jake Carroll hopes that his old club can go on and win back their Premier Division title this season.
But despite his fondness for the club, Carroll is not planning to make a return to Inchicore in the summer if, as expected, he moves on from his current place of employment, Huddersfield Town.
Carroll joined the Terriers from Pats in 2013 and made good progress at the club under then boss Mark Robins.
At the start of this season, Carroll was loaned out to SPL side Partick, though a good run in the side there ended before Christmas due to a knee injury.
The 23-year-old is now back in the fold at Huddersfield and made his first appearance of the season for Town against Brentford last month, but Carroll is unsure how long he will get to stay on, as he's out of contract in the summer, though he does intend to stay on in England.
"My contract's up at the end of the season and I don't really know what the plan is then, the club haven't really said," Carroll (right) told The Herald.
"It might be a case of me having to move on, we have a lot of players out of contract and the new manager might have his own plans.
"I may have to drop down a level to get my career going, going down a league so I can get back up again, but I don't plan to come home to Ireland yet.
"I still have a huge fondness for Pats, I was delighted to see them win the FAI Cup, especially as I played in a losing Cup final, and I'd love to see them win the league.
"Maybe I will play for Pats again some day but not for now, I worked hard to get over to England and now I am here, I want to stay here," added Carroll.
"I feel I have done well over here and from day one since I came to England it was never daunting and I never felt out of place.
"The League of Ireland was a good base for me to start off my career, I owe the league and Pats a lot, but you don't get too many chances to have a full-time career in the UK so if I don't get kept on at Huddersfield, I am determined to stay over here and make a go of it.
"If you're lucky enough to get a move over here you have do do all you can to make it work.
"I am back now after the injury I had in Scotland and I have been on the bench for the last few games with Huddersfield, so it was good to be involved and I'm not far off.
"We're not safe from relegation yet and we had some bad results lately
"But if we do get a few wins, and make sure we're safe, I might get more games," added Carroll.