Agent change, new deal negotiated – and pressure to play centre-back – The Athletic

Dara O’Shea has a big year ahead of her.

Contractually, positionally, reputationally and for his place at West Bromwich Albion, the Irishman has 12 months ahead of him which could go a long way in shaping the rest of his career.

Athletic understands O’Shea has entered into talks with the Championship club over an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.

Fresh off of a recent change of agent from Quorum Sports to USM, O’Shea is in the early stages of negotiations, he hopes to see him commit to his long-term future with a club he has served since leaving Ireland as a teenager. 2017.

Yet, having had what was supposed to be a pivotal season in his early career ruined by injury, the 23-year-old Dubliner has other issues to deal with in the coming months which could significantly impact his future.

After more than five months out with an ankle injury suffered against Portugal in early September, O’Shea has lost some time to catch up.

He will enter a crucial period for his career thanks to a resounding public endorsement from his last manager at West Brom.

“I like Dara, I think he will be a future captain of this club,” says Steve Bruce. “However, he has been out for six months. I put him at right-back (against Middlesbrough and Swansea City in February, the latter having seen him replaced at half-time) because I wanted him in the team.

“And maybe it was a bit too early and the wrong call for me. We have six or seven centre-backs and all of them can play in the league, no problem.”

And therein lies one of the challenges that O’Shea must overcome.

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