DARRON Gibson should follow the example of his fellow Derry man Shane Duffy and seek a move away from Goodison Park to get his career moving, according to Gibson's former Ireland team-mate Kevin Kilbane.
Gibson, who was out for 11 months with a knee injury picked up on Ireland duty, has struggled with form and fitness for Everton this term and has yet to start a Premier League game.
The 27-year-old is still working on his fitness and boss Roberto Martinez says Gibson had reacted well to recent treatment and he hoped to see Gibson back to full fitness "over the next couple of weeks".
But ex-Everton man Kilbane feels that Gibson would benefit from a move away.
"It's a concern that Darron Gibson can't make the team even when Martinez plays three in central midfield and he should consider going out on loan, or even leaving the club," says Kilbane.
"Shane Duffy moved to Blackburn and he's getting to play regularly, Gibson has to consider his next move. Does he stay and get the odd cameo, or does he move? He needs to play especially after missing a year with injury.
"It has been Darron's knee, he had the cruciate problem with and he's carried a few problems with that," said Martinez, who has confirmed Matt Connery will be Everton's new Head of Medicinal Services.
"But now he looks stronger and the three sessions he's done he's reacted really well and I think you need to monitor on how the knee reacts and at the moment I am quite confident that Darron should be back working with the team over the next couple of weeks. We'll take it from there."