Brek Shea has said in the Stoke Sentinel that he is looking to leave Stoke City in an attempt to remain in contention for the U.S. ahead of next summer's World Cup finals.
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The winger has had the frustration of suffering two injuries since arriving at his first English club last winter from FC Dallas, and is now struggling to make a mark in the Mark Hughes era.
The 23-year-old believes he was close to going on loan to Derby County recently and hopes he will be allowed out on at least a temporary move in the near future.
Shea said in the Stoke Sentinel: "I've got to get playing, whether that's here or on loan somewhere. It's up to the gaffer and hopefully he will tell me something soon."
Despite Stoke's shortage of goals -- they have failed to find the net in their last three Premier League games and are the top flight's lowest scorers with four goals from eight matches -- the midfielder has not figured in their matchday 18-man squad in the league this season.
His only senior appearance since recovering from a knee injury on the club's summer tour of America was in the Capital One Cup at home to Walsall in late August, when he was one of the players taken off.
Even under former Stoke manager Tony Pulis, the man who signed him, his only two outings in the side were from the substitutes' bench, before he was ruled out by injury for the rest of the campaign.
Shea, who scored the only goal against Panama when the U.S. won the Concacaf Gold Cup final in July, has eyes on Brazil next summer.
And that is why he is particularly determined to secure first-team football -- something that seemed on the cards until ex-Derby boss Nigel Clough's departure a month ago.
“Birds were chirping," Shea added. “There was word but obviously he then got sacked."