Reds swoop for McShane to cover Foster

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BARNSLEY have signed Hull City defender Paul McShane on a two-month loan deal as cover for the injured Stephen Foster.

Centre-back Foster has been ruled out for as long as six weeks after a medical scan revealed he has a bad muscular injury to his left leg suffered in the club’s 1-1 home draw with Ipswich Town.

And so the club swooped quickly to sign McShane until 16th April, although there is a 28-day recall in his contract in case the Tigers require his services again.

“Stephen Foster’s probably going to be out for six weeks, so we needed cover at the back,” Rowing told The Star.

“Paul has signed for us on a two month deal, but Hull wanted a 28-day recall in his contract in case they need him because of injuries.

“I’ve not seen much of him [Paul] play to be honest, but Mark’s always got his eyes on players and it’s good we’ve got him in.”

McShane is a former Manchester United youth team player and has previously played for West Brom, Sunderland, Brighton and Walsall.

The 25-year-old has played 19 times for the Tigers this season and represented the Republic of Ireland 16 times since making his senior international debut in 2006.

Unfortunately for Foster his injury could not have come at a worst time having only just recovered from a nasty shin gash – which required seven stitches – and saw him sidelined for three matches before making his comeback against the Tractor Boys.

But defender lasted just 56 minutes on Saturday before being replaced by Kieran Trippier.

“Stephen’s been unlucky with injuries recently, but we’ve got Paul in as cover because we know he’s going to be out for a while,” added Rowing.

Midfielder Alistair Taylor and striker Jordan Clark both bagged braces as the club’s reserves team thumped Rotherham 7-0 at Oakwell yesterday in the League.

Justin Yun, Danny Rose and Steven Bennett were also on target for the hosts.