Friday 28 October 2016

Paul McShane putting Hull disappointment behind him by revelling in Ireland recall

Published 09/06/2015 | 02:30

McShane: looking for new club
McShane: looking for new club

It's been a rollercoaster last month for the much-maligned Paul McShane. Relegation from the Premier League with Hull City coincided with the club releasing him but a recall to the Ireland fold will have somewhat softened that blow.

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The 29-year-old has yet to put pen to paper on a deal with a new club but he insists that he isn't short of options.

"There is a good bit of interest early doors," he admitted.

"There is a few decisions to make now in the next month or so. Start of pre-season, I want to be going with a club, I don't want to leave it. It looks promising, there is interest from clubs early doors."

Sunday's appearance from the bench in the drab goalless draw with England was McShane's first time playing under the new managerial set-up and, indeed, his first time pulling on a green jersey in almost two years.

"It was great to be back in the fold for the first time since that last time around. To get on the pitch was definitely a positive," he enthused.

"I thought it would have been a great atmosphere. It was just a little bit flat.

"The crowd were a little bit quiet at the start which surprised me, I thought the place would be bouncing but that's just the way it is. It was a 0-0 game. But there's a big game next week and I think people will be firing on all cylinders for that," the Wicklow native added.

Before McShane decides on his club future, the small matter of Scotland lies ahead on Saturday and he is desperate to force himself into Martin O'Neill's plans.

With his now former clubmate Robbie Brady excelling at left-back, the competition for places is even greater but McShane is happy to see him progressing in his new role.

"I thought he was brilliant," he said of Brady's man-of-the-match display against England.

"He has been left wing-back for Hull and I have been the left-sided centre-half so we have a good understanding.

"It's great playing alongside him. As a left-back, it is easier to cover the centre-half.

"He's a powerful fella. He's done really well and he can deliver a hell of a ball on the set-piece."

If McShane does manage to get onto the Aviva Stadium pitch on Saturday, he is likely to come up against another former team-mate in Andy Robertson and he had one simple message for the Scotland left-back. "I'll bury him!" the Wicklow native smiled.

You get the sense that McShane is enjoying being back in and around the Ireland camp.

Having made his debut nine years ago, the former Manchester United player has gone on to win 31 caps and he is determined to continue to add to that tally.

"We've got to be confident. It's a massive game, everyone knows it's a huge game," he said of Saturday's Euro qualifier.

"It's good that we've kept clean sheets against Northern Ireland and England.

"We've turned in a couple of decent defensive displays, we just need that goal because goals change games.

"We've had a good week's training. All we can do is make sure we're ready for the game."

The disappointment of how his time with Hull ended will linger but McShane has enough self-confidence to pick himself up and go again.

"I was a little (disappointed) after everything I've been through with the club," he sighed.

"I've been there six-and-a-half years. I've got a real bond with the club and the fans. I'm a little bit disappointed. But that's football. There is no romance in the game.

"The Premier League is finished a few weeks. So I don't know (what club he will be at). I'll just turn up on July 7 blindfolded at whatever club!"

McShane has always done things his way and, 11 years into his professional career, that isn't about to change now.

Irish Independent

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