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  • Founded:1879
  • Manager:Gus Poyet
  • Ground:Stadium of light
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McShane fights for his future

24 May 2008 - 12:31:38

Sunderland defender Paul McShane is determined to stay and fight for his future at the Stadium of Light.

The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international drifted out of the first-team picture during the second half of last season, but McShane is hoping to be given a fresh start by manager Roy Keane next term.

He commented: "I want to stay at the club and I think I can play every week.

"It is probably the hardest period I have gone through in my career so far. It has been a steep learning curve over the last three months or so to see how the game works.

"I have done everything, I have out-trained everybody, out-performed everybody, so what can you do?

"I've been ripping people's heads off. It's just not nice being out of the team, it's hard to take.

"It's a hard thing to sit on the bench every week or even the stand every week when you are giving it your all.

"The only thing I was short of doing was ripping my heart out of my chest and giving it to him (Keane). I did everything to get myself back in the side, but it didn't happen."


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