STEPHANE ZUBAR wants his next move to provide him with security and match his ambitions as a player.

The on-loan York City defender will be out of contract at Premier League promotion hopefuls Bournemouth this summer.

Discussions have not yet taken place concerning the possibility of making his temporary stay at Bootham Crescent a permanent one but the 28-year-old centre-back has outlined his hopes for the future.

He said: "I guess York are pleased with what I've been doing but we've not really talked about anything like that. Everybody is really focused on staying up and I will be making a decision on where I go at the end of May, probably after I've gone on holiday with my family.

"What I'm looking for next season is somewhere I can maybe stay two or three seasons and a club with ambition as well but, first of all, I've got to finish the season well at York and, then, anything can happen."

Zubar admitted, however, that the proposed move to a new community stadium next year does enhance City's pulling power.

"We got fantastic news two weeks ago about the stadium," he added. "It's a shame that a city like York has such old facilities for football and a new stadium could help in terms of bringing new players in because it's always nice to play in a modern arena."

For now, Zubar is concentrating on helping the Minstermen secure Football League survival, ideally after back-to-back home games against Hartlepool this afternoon and Morecambe on Tuesday night.

"When I came here I wanted to get into the play-offs," he said. "That hasn't happened but we've got to make sure we finish really well in these last five games.

"I think if we win two or three we will be safe and, if we could do that in the next two home games, that would be perfect. We know that if we beat Hartlepool, it would be a huge step forward."

Zubar was pressed into an unfamiliar left-wing back role during Monday's 0-0 draw at Oxford, having been assigned with the task of combating the hosts' threat from the flanks.

On that experiment, he confessed: "It was a bit strange - a centre-back playing left wing - but I enjoyed it. The manager asked me the previous day if I would mind playing there and, defensively, it wasn't too bad.

"I probably have to practice my left foot for crosses but, if I'm asked to play there again, I wouldn't mind at all, because the most important thing is the club staying up and I know I could get better and better in the position.

"I played almost 40 games at right-back for Plymouth but have never played on the left wing. At least now, I can put left winger on my CV too."

City boss Russ Wilcox's switch to a three-man defence has also provided the Guadeloupe international with a new experience.

"I'd never played in a back three before coming on at half-time against Cheltenham, even growing up in France, where they generally play 4-4-2," he revealed. "It's always good for a player to be able to say you can do that though.

"I was a bit lost for the first 15 minutes against Cheltenham but it helped having Dave (Winfield ) and Lowey (Keith Lowe) alongside me."

Zubar, meanwhile, has now enjoyed nine clean sheets during his last 13 outings for the Minstermen but is quick to credit all of his team-mates for that impressive statistic, pointing out: "It's always nice to get a clean sheet but it's down to the whole team not just the back four and goalkeeper."

The former Caen reserve praised the contributions of Winfield and goalkeeper Michael Ingham, in particular, following their recalls from long periods in the Bootham Crescent wilderness.

He said: "You need everyone to play their part at a football club, even if that means they're only involved in the last five or ten matches. That doesn't matter because the most important thing is what's right for your club.

"It's important for the young players to see that Dave has come through a difficult spell and proved he is somebody who can be counted upon. Michael Ingham has also got a great attitude and they both deserve a pat on the back.

"I have a lot of respect for them. You need players like them with their character.

"They have shown the manager exactly what they can do after waiting for their opportunities. Now, I am fighting to play in the last five games after coming back from injury and I love that level of competition."