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Ferguson 'won't defect'

NEWCASTLE UNITED prospect Shane Ferguson says he has no doubts about his decision to stick with Northern Ireland instead of following the example of his fellow Derry natives such as Darron Gibson, James McClean and Shane Duffy, who opted to play for the Republic of Ireland.

Ferguson is hoping to maintain his progress in the Newcastle side by playing a part in the final five games of the season. Last year, he was touted as a possible 'defection' from Northern Ireland to the bosom of the FAI but the youngster says the matter has been put to bed and he's staying with Northern Ireland.

"Everything is sorted now. I want to show the fans I am committed with them. My future is with them," said Ferguson, who had reportedly been approached by Republic of Ireland scout Mick Martin, a former Newcastle United captain.

"If I could ever get to the World Cup finals it would be the highlight of my career. I'll just have to keep going and see what happens."