SHANE DUFFY admits he will evaluate his Everton Football Club future over the summer as the Galliagh lad hopes for more first-team football next season.
The 21 year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21s skipper has made just three substitute appearances for David Moyes’ side so far this season, although he remains part of his manager’s long-term plans.
However Duffy, who has previously had loan spells at Burnley and Scunthorpe United, suspects he will have to review his chances when the current season concludes.
“I’ve still got three years left on my Everton contract, but I need to be playing games. We’ll see in the summer,” said Duffy
Duffy was speaking following the Republic of Ireland U21’s 1-2 defeat by Portugal in Dundalk.
Although Moyes insists that the player remains in his long term plans, it seems that Duffy isn’t content with his cameo role. And give that his manager’s own future on Merseyside is also in doubt - Moyes so far refusing to renew his contract with Everton - it further puts in doubt Duffy’s long-term Everton career.
Duffy caused controversy earlier this month when he posted a message on Twitter apparently supporting the IRA. He later apologised and claimed that his phone had been stolen and that he did not post the tweet himself. The club insisted that they would investigate the incident but it is not known whether this has had anything to do with his exile from the starting XI.
The former Foyle Harps defender also gave his opinion on Everton teammate and fellow Derry man, Darron Gibson’s international exile.
The Hazelbank man has refused call-ups by Republic boss, Giovanni Trapattoni since being left on the bench during last summer’s European Championship finals.
“It’s Darron’s decision, but we all want him back, don’t we?” said Duffy. “He’s talked to the manager (Trapattoni) recently. I don’t know what was said, but, obviously, he doesn’t want to be involved at the minute. I’m not going to try to get him back. I need to get myself involved first.