Hull City's Stephen Quinn targets first Ireland cap
STEPHEN Quinn hopes his move to Hull City can help him realise his long-standing ambition of winning a first cap for the Republic of Ireland.
While Quinn was able to toast a debut goal in the Tigers' 3-1 win over Bolton last weekend, he has since enviously watched City team-mate Paul McShane join up with Giovanni Trapattoni's squad for their World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan this evening.
Quinn was once a regular for Ireland's under-21s, winning nine caps up to 2007, but his patient wait for senior honours is yet to be rewarded.
After leaving behind Sheffield United and League One to join City's promotion bid in the Championship, Quinn believes his hopes for international football will be given a boost.
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"It's very much an ambition of mine," Quinn told the Mail.
"Obviously, Paul McShane has gone off to meet up with the Ireland squad and it's a life-long ambition to play for my country.
"I got a lot of under-21 caps and hopefully I can still make that step-up to the main international level.
"That's one thing that's eluded me in my career so far but if I can perform to the best of my ability here, then hopefully I can get the call some time.
"You really need to be at the top end of the Championship to get noticed. Hopefully, the manager recognises you and takes a chance on you."
Quinn's hopes of attracting Trapattoni's eye were lifted when his City career enjoyed the perfect first chapter last weekend.
Thrown into a three-man central midfield alongside Seyi Olofinjana and Robert Koren, Quinn made one and scored another to sink Bolton at the KC Stadium.
The 26-year-old's second half strike was only the 18th goal in 275 club appearances but he wants a central role, rather than on the left of midfield, to help him find his best form.
"To be honest I'd rather make goals than score them, and that's probably been my downfall a little bit over the last few years," he explained.
"I'm hopeful of bringing that here and add a bit of guile to what we've already got in a very good team.
"Over the years I'd played a lot out on the left and it wasn't really my preferred role, but as I got older, the managers that played me inside realised that it's probably my best position."
With Paul McKenna suspended for a further two matches following his red card at Doncaster, and Tom Cairney facing three months out with a knee injury, Quinn will hope to make a starting position his own when the Tigers return to Championship duty against Millwall next weekend.
"The three in the midfield against Bolton worked out," he added. "Big Olly was there to sit and let me and Robbie Koren get on the ball. It really suited me down to the ground."