TAYLOR Moore is keen to stay with Southend United until the end of the season.

The centre-back - who again impressed in the Shrimpers’ 1-0 defeat at Coventry City on Saturday - is currently on a season-long loan from Bristol City.

But the agreement includes a call-back clause in January which Moore is hoping will not be activated.

“I really, really want to stay,” said Moore.

“I’m loving it here and it’s the happiest I’ve been on and off the pitch.

“Everyone has made me feel really welcome and the manager, staff and fans are all great.

“I’ve been in touch with Bristol City quite a lot recently to see what will be happening in the near future but I hope to stay so we’ll see how that goes.”

Moore has made 23 appearances for the Shrimpers so far this season.

And he remains in regular contact with his parent club, who are currently 11th in the Championship.

“They have people who come to different games and they have a loan manager that’s in touch quite often,” said Moore.

“The manager here has been in touch with them too and it’s good.

“I really, really want to stay but we’ll see what happens.”

Moore has been in fine form for Blues since arriving in August.

But the 21-year-old was unable to prevent Chris Powell’s side suffering a narrow defeat at Coventry on Saturday.

“Going back into the dressing room you can sense the frustration,” said Moore.

“After being on such a high after winning at Oxford and to come here and battle the way we did and lose 1-0 is very frustrating.

“We’ve looked back at the goal and it is offside but I think you have to look at the number of chances we had.

“The win, lose, win, lose form is crazy but it needs to click soon because it’s not good enough results wise.

“We want to be climbing up the table and you can’t do that without back-to-back wins.”

And Moore is therefore determined to help Blues bounce back against Gillingham on Tuesday. 

“We have to focus on Gillingham now and we want to make things right,” he added.