Thursday 24 August 2017

McShane signs a two-year contract

HAVING spent several seasons in the doghouse, Paul McShane is now heading back to the Premier League with a shiny new two year contract in his back pocket.

The Kilpedder man has suffered on and off the field since the turn of the decade but the nice guy finally isn't finishing last. After netting the decisive goal that sent Hull City back to the top flight, McShane was rewarded for his vintage all-action performances throughout the season when Tigers manager Steve Bruce handed him the new deal on Monday.

After losing his father Sean in tragic circumstances, McShane's footballing career then seemed to be on the rocks as he failed to impress Nigel Pearson or Nicky Barmby in their time of charge of Hull.

But Bruce, the Manchester United legend built in the same mould as the 27 year old, saw something in McShane and the Republic of Ireland defender rewarded his boss.

And now McShane has also been rewarded.

'I'm delighted to sign a new deal,' said McShane.

'Last season was such a great season and then I got offered the new contract. I couldn't wait to come in and get it signed and now I can just get on with looking forward to the new season.

'I'm really looking forward to testing myself in the Premier League again. When we got relegated from the top flight in 2010, it was always my aim to get back up there (with Hull City ).

'Now I've got the opportunity to play up there again. I'll admit there were times when I didn't think it would happen, but we had such a great season last year and we're back up there now.'

McShane was speaking on Monday, when he and his team-mates took part in their first training sessions of the pre-season. And although the Tigers will have dark days this term, McShane is eagerly anticipating the challenges it will bring.

'I'm all ready to go again,' added the defender.

'It's certainly been a rollercoaster ride over the last few years, but that's what a football career is and deep down I've enjoyed the majority of it.

'It's time to prepare for the next part of it now and look forward to the new season. I'm sure the first two or three weeks will be tough but I can't wait to get into it.'

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