Irvine aims to keep Wallace
Alan Irvine is hoping to sign Ross Wallace permanently after the winger's equaliser against Barnsley.
Last Updated: 28/12/08 6:30pm
Preston North End boss Alan Irvine is hoping to sign Ross Wallace permanently after the winger's equaliser against Barnsley.
Wallace is currently on loan at Preston from Sunderland and is due to return to the Premier League club in the New Year.
However, after the Scot's free-kick secured a point at Barnsley, Irvine confirmed his intent to hang on to the 23-year-old.
"It was a great goal, he does practice and that's important," Irvine said.
"I am hoping for a permanent deal, it's obviously their decision first and foremost, then it is Ross' decision.
"I hopefully will have a chance to speak with Sunderland in the week and find out what their view is on his situation."
The Lilywhites battled back for a point at Oakwell after Jamie Cureton's opener and Irvine was satisfied to come away with a draw.
He added: "It was a fair result and you have to expect pressure when you are away from home.
"I thought their goal was completely against the run of play, but it was a great finish.
"We have a really good record at coming back and we tend to finish games really well. I will always feel we have a chance when it's just 1-0."