No talk of permanent Hull switch – says Sunderland’s Meyler

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DAVID MEYLER insists there have been no discussions over converting his loan switch into a permanent deal in January.

The Sunderland midfielder made his Hull City debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City after joining the Tigers on a two-month loan last week.

Martin O’Neill has already indicated that Meyler remains part of his plans after stressing he will recall the 23-year-old, if Sunderland’s squad becomes stretched.

And Meyler, currently with the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Greece, says he is simply concentrating on playing some first-team football, rather than looking long-term.

When asked about a permanent deal, Meyler said: “We haven’t spoken about that yet.

“For now I’m just here until January 1 and I’m looking forward to playing as much football as I can.”

Former Sunderland boss and now Hull manager Steve Bruce tried to sign Meyler on loan during the summer, but was thwarted by O’Neill’s desire to keep him at the Stadium of Light.

But with Meyler failing to even make the bench for Sunderland’s clashes with Stoke and Aston Villa, O’Neill relented and allowed the former Cork City man to join Hull until January 1.

“I believe the manager (Bruce) came in when he took over (at Hull) and asked if I would like to come on loan,” said Meyler.

“Martin O’Neill said no but I only played bits and bobs in games in the Premier League.

“I spoke to him again and we agreed that it was best for me to go out.

“It’s a move I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into.”

Meyler believes Bruce will help him kick-start his career after breaking into the Sunderland first-team under the Tynesider, before two long-term knee ligament lay-offs halted his momentum.

“He’s very honest. He knows what he wants from players and he gets the best out of them,” added Meyler.

“You look at what a player he was and what a career he had and he’s brought that into management.

“He’s great to learn from and I played some of my best football under him at Sunderland until I got injured.

“I’ve come here to play as many games as I can in two months and to win every single one of them if I can. That’s the plan, to get this team as far up the league as I can during my time here.”