Ireland eyeing Robins stay
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Craig Ireland is hoping to turn his loan stint at Bristol City into a permanent move.Craig Ireland is hoping to turn his loan stint at Bristol City into a permanent move in the near future.
The Peterborough United centre back is in the second month of his loan spell with The Robins, with both League One clubs having agreed a undisclosed fee for the former Notts County and Barnsley player.
With Tony Butler leaving Ashton Gate to re-sign for Blackpool recently, Ireland knows he has an opportunity of regular first team football with Brian Tinnion's side.
"I'd love to sign permanently and that is the intention," Ireland told the club's official website.
"Looking around the dressing room, I see a lot of quality players.
"I'm still very optimistic that we can reach the play-offs and win through to the final."
With Ireland set to leave the London Road club in the near future, Posh boss Barry Fry is hoping to bring back former loanee Guy Branston from Sheffield Wednesday and extend the loan of Leeds United midfielder Jamie McMaster.
Fry, however, has rejected a fresh offer from an unnamed League One club for striker Calum Willock.