York City midfielder Lee Bullock has said he is enjoying being part of the first-team set-up while on loan at Blue Square Bet Premier side Gateshead.
The Stockton-born 31-year-old moved to Tyneside on a month's loan in October, and has since made three starts.
"I wasn't getting a sniff at York, so there's no point me being sat in the stands," Bullock told BBC Newcastle.
"I've had three games that I've really enjoyed and they're a good bunch of lads here at Gateshead."
Ian Bogie's side are among the clubs pushing for a promotion place this season, and Tuesday's 2-0 home win against Alfreton pulled the Tynesiders within four points of the play-offs.
"The standard of play from the Gateshead team is brilliant, the way they knock the ball around," Bullock added.
"They enjoy playing, I didn't just come here to get games, it was to play 'football' and this is a decent club and I'd like that to continue a little bit longer."