HULL City loan centre-back Paul McShane has not ruled out a permanent move to Barnsley in the summer.
The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international is enjoying his time with the Reds having signed on loan until the end of the season.
And although the former Manchester United man is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, he’s hopeful he can be fit in time for the club’s away clash with Crystal Palace after the international break. “I’m making progress with my injury, so fingers crossed I can be ready for the Crystal Palace match,” McShane told The Star.
“I was back running in training the other day, I’m really pleased with the way things are going.
“When I first had my scan I found out that I had a grade two tear in my ‘hammy,’ but it’s been responding well so hopefully I won’t be out as long as first feared.”
McShane was recruited by Reds boss Mark Robins last month as cover for the injured Stephen Foster.
And ever since he made his club debut away to Portsmouth the experienced centre-half has impressed for the Reds.
He’s started all six of the club’s last six npower Championship fixtures and shown his unwavered dedication to the Oakwell cause by racking up four yellow cards during those matches.
“I’m grabbing the opportunity with both hands,” added McShane. “I started the season playing for Hull at right back and then I got injured.
“But then when I came back from injury I wasn’t in the manager’s [Nigel Pearson] plans for whatever reason.
“However, I do feel as though I’ve got a lot more to offer at centre-back. I can do a job at right back, but I’ve grown up playing at centre back and that’s my preferred position. But I wasn’t going to hang around and sit on the bench at Hull when I wasn’t getting games, that’s not the type of player I am.
“I had no hesitation when Mark wanted me to come and play for him, it’s great the gaffer has shown an interest in me.
“I’d certainly be interested in an offer to stay if one did come up in the summer, I’m always open to offers. But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
“I’ve got two years left on my contract at Hull, so I’ll have to see how the lands lies in the summer and speak to a few people about my future.
“Right now though I’m really enjoying my football with Barnsley. It’s a great club and hopefully we can kick on now and give it a real good go for the last eight games of the season. This league is so tight, you never know what you might achieve if you can string a few wins together.”