McShane open to Tykes stay
Barnsley's on-loan defender Paul McShane is not ruling out staying permanently at the end of the season.
Last Updated: 25/03/11 5:08pm
Barnsley's on-loan defender Paul McShane is not ruling out staying permanently at Oakwell when the Championship season ends.
The Hull City stopper, who has two years left on his KC Stadium contract, has enjoyed playing regular first-team football under manager Mark Robins.
McShane is keen to do his best for the South Yorkshire side and is keeping his options open over the summer as he is well down Nigel Pearson's pecking order at Hull.
Although Barnsley are currently 13 points adrift of the play-off places McShane is not giving up hope of some end-of-season success and is eager to help the club end their campaign on a high.
"I'm grabbing the opportunity with both hands," McShane told the Sheffield Star. "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 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 land 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."