Nicky Law will spend the rest of the season at Valley Parade – after City agreed to cough up more of his wages.

Sheffield United are happy for the bubbly midfielder to extend his loan, providing the Bantams contribute a larger percentage of his pay.

Law has been a big hit in his second temporary spell at the club, scoring twice in 13 games.

His partnership with Paul McLaren in central midfield is flourishing and Stuart McCall believes he will prove a major capture for the tense promotion run-in.

McCall said: “We’ve seen Nicky get better and better. He just needed to play as regularly as possible, which he is doing with us.

“He is a good footballer with great energy and glides with the ball. I always tell my players that if there’s grass in front of you, drive into it to commit people and Nicky loves doing that.

“You don’t get many central midfielders who like to take people on in the middle of the park but Nicky really uses his strengths to run with the ball.

“He can play on the left or right, not as an out-and-out winger but somebody who cuts in, and has got a good goal-scoring record with Sheffield United reserves.

“Hopefully he can contribute by chipping in with a few more for us this season.

“Nicky reminds me a little bit of Michael Tonge because he is so comfortable running with the ball – and he seems to really enjoy playing for us, which is important.”

Steve Jones is also expected to extend his loan from Burnley by another month. McCall was just waiting for confirmation from Clarets boss Owen Coyle ahead of their Carling Cup semi-final at Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Luke O’Brien has picked up an accolade for his run of impressive displays after being named the PFA Fans’ League Two player of the month for December.

It is the second time City have scooped the prize after Peter Thorne was rewarded in September.

Home-grown talent O’Brien has emerged as the find of the season since replacing injured Paul Heckingbottom at left back.

He has started the last 17 games and also scored his first senior goal with a stunning strike against Rotherham.