Everton defender Shane Duffy has stressed that he is willing to wait for his chance at Goodison Park.
The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland under-21 captain has made just three substitute appearances this season and was set to leave the Toffees on loan in February, with a number of Championship clubs expressing their interest in the player.
However, a move has not yet materialised and Duffy has indicated that it he is happy to remain at Goodison Park, where he believes he will learn more than he would out on loan.
"I'm just learning every day for when the manager needs me – this is why I'm playing in these [Under-21s] games," Duffy told the club's official website. "It's important to get some match action so that if he needs to throw me in then I'm alright."
Duffy is currently captaining Everton's under-21 team, who find themselves first in Group One of the under-21 league after winning five of their last six games, keeping four clean sheets.in the process. And the defender has admitted that he is content to wait for his opportunity.
"It's a good time to be around the team and we still have a lot to fight for in the league," he said. "It's good to be around such quality players and I would probably learn more here than if I went out on loan.
"I'm happy to wait for my chance at Everton and hopefully that will be soon," he added.