Yeovil Town's on loan central defender Shane Duffy has admitted that he would consider leaving Premier League side Everton if it was a means to further his footballing career. The 22 year old has been a big success during his a 25 game spell at Huish Park, since arriving at the club last September, and will see the 2013-14 season out as a Glovers player.
Duffy still has just over a year to go on his Everton contract, with his current deal running out in the summer of 2015, but he has not featured for the Toffees since February 2013, having previously made ten appearances, including five at Premier League level. He has also made 20 appearances for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s side, but has yet to have his form acknowledged in the form of a full call-up to the Irish national.
However, with his form in the Championship regularly being singled out both within the Yeovil ranks and throughout the division, Duffy is mindful that he has yet to play under Everton boss Roberto Martinez. He has told the Irish Evening Herald that he may have to pursue things away from Goodison Park and sees the 2014-15 pre-season period has probably the time that will define what his future holds:
"The manager (Roberto Martinez) there at Everton doesn't know me well enough yet to make a call but it won't be a big thing for me if I do have to leave Everton. I don't want to leave but I may have to for the sake of my career. I still believe I can make it at Everton but it's a matter of whether I can do that, if I can keep myself fit and in good form and establish myself. There is feedback going back to Everton. I haven't spoken to the Everton manager in a while but I know they are happy with how I am doing, they say I am doing well and setting high standards but I won't really know what the plan is until I go back for pre-season with Everton next year."
In terms of his time at Yeovil Town, Duffy is pleased with his progress, saying that battling near the foot of the Championship division is a new experience for him. He feels that it is a good experience for him to be involved in that type of challenge:
"It's going well at the moment. It's tough down there at the bottom end of the Championship but it's a good challenge for me, a good experience, it's not something I have been involved with before. It's a good lesson for a player, it's the real world when you are fighting to stay in the division."
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