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McShane: I had two-year hell

IRELAND man Paul McShane says he's turned his career around at Hull City after enduring the worst two years of his life.

The Wicklow-born player has become a key figure for Steve Bruce's Hull side in recent weeks, including a rare goal in last weekend's win over Nottingham Forest.

"I'm not Franco Baresi all of a sudden but I'm doing all right at the minute, I just want to keep that going and push for promotion," said McShane.

He had started just 14 league games in the previous two seasons at Hull as he fell out of favour and ended up on loan to Barnsley and Crystal Palace, but he's now started 10 of the last 12 and has become a fans' favourite.

"I'm really enjoying myself at the minute," he said. "The last two years have been the worst of my life.

"I'd only played a handful of games for Hull in that time but I always felt that I'd come to an age where I'm coming towards my peak.

"Your late twenties, early thirties, are probably when you're at your peak for a centre-half. I'd love to be here for that.

"I've always been willing to learn and I feel as though I've got some good experience behind me," he added.

"I did think my Hull career was over. I never wanted to leave Hull but I felt I might have been forced to.

"I've got a list of clubs the length of my arm now and I've never wanted that. It's just the way my football journey has worked out.

"Sometimes you do ask 'Am I going mad, here?' I always felt I should have had chances but, for whatever reason, they never came.

"I've just got to keep looking forward. I've spent too much time talking about me not playing because if you keep looking back, it can weigh you down."