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Stephen Quinn to assess his career options with Hull next week

International duty a welcome distraction after relegation.

Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

THE FUTURE IS up in the air, but Stephen Quinn isn’t looking that far above.

The Irish midfielder suffered relegation from the Premier League with Hull last month, and could be on the move this summer.

However with the Irish squad preparing for Saturday’s crunch meeting with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, Quinn isn’t thinking about the club shirt he’ll be wearing this August.

“I just left it for the agent and the club to speak to each other, it was more important for me to concentrate on this game because it’s such a massive game.

“I’m going to sit down next week with my agent and speak to Hull, and come to some sort of decision,” Quinn said.

The Dubliner says he’s determined not to be distracted ahead of the must-win game against the Scots.

“That’s the way I wanted to put it, because this is such and important game, so as I said I’ll leave it to my agent, because that’s what he’ll do. My agent is speaking to people, but like I said I don’t want to find out until after this weekend, so I’d rather sit down after the Scotland game and discuss my future.”

After gaining promotion with the Tigers in 2013, Quinn was one of four Irish internationals to suffer relegation with the club in May.

It came as a major blow after reaching the FA Cup final the previous season, but Quinn says the distraction of international duty is keeping his mind off things.

“I had a week off before we met up with the international team. It was such a blow with relegation, it was tough to take. This takes your mind off things now, but maybe afterwards it might start hitting me again.

“It was nice to meet up with the lads and have a bit of banter because they’re such a great bunch of lads.”

Stephen Quinn Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Defeat to Scotland this Saturday could see the gap between Ireland and the playoff spots extend to five points in Group D, with Germany and Poland both expected to record comfortable wins against Gibraltar and Georgia respectively.

But after securing a late point against Poland last time out, Quinn expects Ireland to take on the Scots with a new found confidence.

“In the second half performance against Poland we showed we were exciting, we were a real threat. The shackles kind of came off, and we passed the ball a lot better and we attacked Poland.

“We didn’t give them too much respect, like I think we did in the first half, and we could have won the game in the end.

“Maybe we have to come out of the traps a bit earlier and a bit faster and not wait to see what the other team has to offer. We should just put it on them and go for it.”

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