NEWCASTLE United’s Shane Ferguson is eyeing a loan move – after finally getting his season up and running.
Forgotten man Ferguson has not played a competitive game for his club yet this season.
But he was still selected by Northern Ireland, managed by ex-Newcastle striker Michael O’Neill, for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece after injury ruled out Chris Brunt.
And Ferguson made his mark in Belfast – despite a total lack of first-team football so far this term
The 23-year-old set up Kyle Lafferty for Northern Ireland’s second goal at Windsor Park.
Ferguson is now looking to go out on loan to a Football League club – as there is little prospect of first-team football at United this season.
“It felt good to get 90 minutes under my belt, and I just need to get playing now, because I want to be playing every international game,” he said.
“If I’m honest, I’ll probably have to go somewhere else.
“Alan Pardew has said he’s been impressed with me in training, but I’m still young, so going out on loan could be a good thing for me.
“I don’t want to be sitting doing nothing, I’m not like that.
“I got the taste for it again, and all I want to do now is be back playing.”
Ferguson’s last United appearance came in the club’s 7-3 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in December 2012.
He has since had two loan spells at Lee Clark’s Birmingham City.
And the future of Ferguson, fielded as a left-back by O’Neill, seemingly lies away from St James’s Park, though is under contract at the club until the summer of 2016.
Versatile Ferguson, also able to play on the wing, showed a lot of promise in his early appearances for Newcastle.
He was rewarded with a five-year deal in May 2011, but his progress has stalled over the past two years.