STEVE Bruce says he will hold talks with Ireland international Stephen Quinn this week over his future at Hull City as a number of clubs have expressed an interest in the midfielder.
Quinn made just 15 Premier League appearances for Hull last season and is unlikely to be in the starting XI when City kick off their league season next weekend. Bruce insists that the 28-year-old is still part of his plans but the Hull boss understands Quinn's frustration at the lack of first team opportunities.
"It's a conversation I'll have with him. I don't want it to be broadcast," said Bruce, who was impressed with Quinn's display in a pre-season win over Stuttgart last weekend.
"He's been fantastic for the club and I don't want to just discard him. He's still got something to offer. The big problem for Quinny is that he wants to play. That's always the issue. Whether anything is going to happen we'll have to wait and see. We've had one or two nibbles for Quinn but we've had nibbles for four or five of them and nothing's come of it. That's normal. I nibble away at this time of the year so you've got to expect the same.
"And quite rightly, too. When you see players performing like they did against Stuttgart, there's going to be interest."
Quinn joined Hull from Sheffield United in 2012 and his form in midfield made him an instant favourite with Tigers fans. He made his Ireland debut against Georgia last year and won his seventh senior cap in the 5-1 defeat to Portugal in June.