One player who will not be going out on loan is Mark Tierney (pictured) as he has rejected the chance already as he prefers to stay at Boundary Park and fight for his first-team place. Three clubs have offered to take Tierney, who has only made one start this season with seven substitute appearances, but he admits that he wants to stay even though a loan move would probably guarantee him first team football.
Tierney said, “I had a loan spell a couple of years ago at Carlisle where I had a lengthy run in the side and proved what I can do. I want to stay here and battle for a place and hopefully help Athletic win promotion. My contract also expires this summer and I am desperate to stay. I hope I have shown I am worthy of a new one.”