Striker Steve Maclean yesterday extended his loan spell at Oxford United by a further month.

And boss Chris Wilder hinted that if things go to plan, he may try and keep the Plymouth forward even longer.

Maclean has made a big impression in his three games with Oxford since joining on loan last month.

Some smart link-up play was topped with United’s winning goal in the 2-1 victory over League Two table-toppers Chesterfield last week.

Maclean celebrated his goal with a spectacular back-flip.

The extended agreement will keep the former Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff man at the club until January 15, 2011.

With U’s skipper James Constable returning to full fitness after a virus, and Tom Craddock back among the goals, Wilder will have lots of options in attack.

“Everyone has been impressed with Steve since he arrived here,” he said.

“He has obvious ability and he’s shown the quality he has in the games he’s played for us, so we’re delighted that he’s agreed to extend his stay.

“Hopefully, if things go well, we’ll look to extend it even further.”

Maclean was delighted to extend his spell.

“I’m really happy to be staying at the club for another month,” he said.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with Oxford so far and everybody has made me feel very welcome.

“Hopefully I can score a few more goals between now and January and help the team push its way back up the table.”