Paul McShane: New Hull City deal is great comfort
PAUL McShane admits he now has added reason to enjoy the closing months of the season after being given assurances he will be offered a new Hull City contract this summer.
The 27-year-old defender is one of several first-team players who are due to see their current deals expire in June, but his outstanding form has already convinced manager Steve Bruce he is worthy of an extension.
Although talks over a new deal will be put on ice until City's promotion fate is known, Bruce last week made it clear he wants McShane to remain a key figure in his plans for 2013-14.
The proposed reward of a new deal has provided the Republic of Ireland international with a timely lift and he maintains he would "love" to commit his future to the Tigers.
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"It's great to hear," said McShane. "The manager came up to me a few weeks ago and mentioned the fact he wanted to talk about a new contract.
"That was a good boost for me because when you look around football these days there's a lot of players who don't have clubs.
"There's a good player here in Craig Fagan training away with us because he's still a free agent. That opens your eyes.
"The game's not what it used to be and clubs are tightening their belts. When you're out of contract at the end of the year you're going to worry so it's great to know there'll be a contract there at the end of the season.
"The manager has been honest with me and I appreciate that. It's nice to feel wanted.
"I'd love to stay, I've said that all along, but it's something that can wait until the end of the season to see where we are."
McShane has enjoyed a rebirth at the KC Stadium under Bruce after spending two seasons in the shadows under Nigel Pearson and Nick Barmby.
Twenty two league and cup appearances this term represents his most prominent campaign in City colours since 2009-10 and established him firmly as a fans' favourite.