Brennan Johnson insists he was undisturbed by speculation linking him to a return to Nottingham Forest in January.
The forward’s brilliant form for Lincoln City in the first half of the season has sparked talk that the Reds will cut his loan spell by one season.
But with Johnson unlikely to make Forest’s first team, Reds boss Chris Hughton decided to let him see the campaign with Lincoln.
“There was some uncertainty as to whether I would go into the [Forest] team, ”Johnson said ahead of Lincoln’s trip to Plymouth on Saturday.
“The manager made it clear that if I went back, I wouldn’t be 100% in the team.
“So for me staying here was probably for the best for me as I played a lot of games.”
Forest had until mid-January to recall Johnson, who insists he was not taken aback by the uncertainty over his immediate future.
“Strange as it sounds, it wasn’t that disturbing to me,” he said.
“There has been a lot of talk about my return, but for my part, I haven’t really heard of it.
“Maybe I got a call from Forest saying it could happen, maybe not. But other than that, I was training in Lincoln, that’s all I thought about.
Forest changed managers shortly after joining Imps, with Chris Hughton replacing sack Sabri Lamouchi.
On the dialogue he has had with Hughton so far, Johnson said: “He called me a few times to get a catch-up and see how I’m doing.
“It’s been good talking to him a few times, but they just let me do what I do.” I take my time here.
Johnson says Daddy David, the former Forest forward, was on hand to offer advice during his first full season of senior football.
“We both felt that my loan was the best thing for me this season,” he said.
“Playing games, playing different kinds of games, not always having the ball has been a good thing.
“He’s been supportive of what I’m doing and is happy to see us so well in the league. “
Johnson’s breakneck pace wreaked havoc on League One’s defenses, earning him numerous penalties, including one in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw against former Reds midfielder Swindon Town Jorge Grant converting on the spot.
This has led some opposing managers to suggest Johnson falls too easily.
But he said, “I’m not really interested in that. Some managers get annoyed.
“I’m not trying to cheat, I just try to play the game and sometimes I do it at a pretty fast pace.”