Oct 12 2013 by Philip Kirkbride, Sat WIR
ON-LOAN defender Jim McNulty says he was “rotting” on the sidelines at Barnsley.
The 28-year-old hopes his month with Tranmere Rovers helps force a way back into the starting 11 at Oakwell.
McNulty, born in Runcorn, was named Players’ Player of the Year in 2012 and handed the captain’s armband a season later.
But under new manager David Flitcroft, McNulty has fallen out of favour.
McNulty admits being left out of the side has been hard to take but he is determined to revive his Barnsley career by playing well for Tranmere.
“It is a good chance because I still have aspirations to play at my parent club,” McNulty said.
“I don’t really know there’s been a sudden turnaround and why I’ve gone from a mainstay to a player in the stands, which is what I’ve been all season.
“I need games because I’m rotting on the sidelines and that is not helping me at all.
“This deal will also help Barnsley if I am to go back after the month – if I ever go back there.
“You just never know in football.
“But I’m here to impress the manager and the manager at my parent club and be ready to go back there and play.”
He added: “I feel as though I should be playing for Barnsley.
“I’m enjoying being here at Tranmere but if you were to ask me if I honestly feel I should be here, I would say I don’t think I should. I think I should be playing for my team. They have been struggling this season and I’ve found chances hard to come by which hasn’t been quite fair. That’s just me being honest.
“I’ve always been a player, that when fit, has been playing. I’ve always been first choice.
”I have had some pretty serious injuries in my career and sat at home and on the sidelines in those situations but to not be selected, when fit, I find mentally very hard to cope with .
“It has been tough but I have tried to remain positive about it because I want to be a leader and I don’t think a leader should show a bad attitude when not selected. It doesn’t help anyone. But to say I hadn’t found it difficult would be a lie. I have found it mentally challenging.”
He remains hopeful of keeping his Barnsley career alive but admits football is full of uncertainties.
“I have taken the decision to come out and get some games because I have accepted the fact that I can’t win over the manager at the moment,” he added.
“It possibly won’t change. The picture changes every week in football. New players have come into my position. But if I had waited an extra week and not come to Tranmere then I would probably be playing at Barnsley at the minute because there has been a string of injuries.
“Players behind me in the pecking order are now playing. But the picture changes every week. I just want to play well for Tranmere.”
He played in the defeat at Swindon and is confident Rovers can turn their form around.
He said: “I’ve felt the atmosphere fairly positive here. I’ve come from a similar situation in the league above. But I was surprised at the positivity around the place.”