Alan Smith hopes for extended MK Dons stay

MK Dons signing Alan Smith has said he would be keen to make his loan switch from Newcastle United permanent.

The 31-year-old has , at which point his Magpies contract will expire.

"As soon as you get a feeling or a belief about a place it's difficult to walk away," he told BBC Look East.

"Fingers crossed if stuff does go well and we do get promoted something long-term can hopefully happen."

The Dons, who lost in last season's League One play-off semi-final, are currently fifth in the table, seven points adrift of the automatic places.

"You have feelings about places sometimes. When me and my agent came down last Monday we both got that feeling," added the former England international.

"You can take a sidewards step in the Premier League, go to a team in the Championship or come to a team in League One.

"I think this club has the potential, with or without me here, to get promoted this season."

The former Leeds and Manchester United forward has not started a senior game since last January, when he lasted just 36 minutes of Newcastle's 1-1 draw against Sunderland before damaging his ankle.

He has made two substitute appearances this season but his career has been hindered by injuries since his time at Old Trafford, where he broke his leg in 2006.

"Injuries are injuries and I think they're more psychological and mental," he said.

"In hindsight, that time out of football gives you the hunger to want to get back to basics and play football.

"When you're a kid that's all you want to do, go out and play football.

"You don't want to play because you think it will give you a type of life or type of success or fame."

MK boss Karl Robinson has suggested he will play Smith as a striker, despite being used as a midfielder in the more recent years of his career.