Sean McLoughlin says that as much as he is open to a return to St Mirren, the Buddies and his parent club Hull City haven’t decided on his future.
McLoughlin has been an ever-present in Jim Goodwin’s Buddies side this term. He has made 16 Premiership appearance for the Paisley side as they fight for Premiership survival.
It’s been a testing period, but McLoughlin says that he’d be open to the possibility of a Paisley return after his loan expires in January.
He told the Daily Record (page 43, 04/12/19): “My loan’s ending and when the time comes it’s about sitting down and discussing what’s next. Nothing has been decided yet and for myself and the club it’s about focusing on the next few weeks and the important games coming up. That is the priority.
“I just want to keep playing whether that’s here or wherever. I knew coming to Scotland was going to be tough. There are decent players and decent teams so it has gone as well as I could have hoped for.
“Obviously the results are something we want to improve but personally getting the chance to play in every game was what I was hoping for. I’ve done well at this level. But as a footballer you want to be playing at the best level you can.”
Taken to SPFL life like a duck to water
Whilst the spell away from Hull has been testing, McLoughlin has held himself well. He’s shown little bits of inexperience at times, but his positioning, awareness and ability to make strong challenges both in the ground and the air have been there to see.
He only arrived at Hull in the summer from Cork City. The Tigers opted to send him straight out on loan for experience and St Mirren was his chosen destination.
It’ll be interesting to see where McLoughlin ends up come the end of January. You’d like to think that St Mirren would like to get an extension over the line, given that he’s featured in every game so far.
Not much has been given away though so whether he does end up back in the SPFL after Christmas remains to be seen.