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Town Boss Hopeful Of Townsend Extension

2 November 2015

Town boss Paul Hurst is optimistic that the club may be able to extend the loan spell of defender Conor Townsend in the near future.

The 22-year-old defender has now played four games for the club since he joined prior to the game against FC Halifax Town in October and with his month long stay at the club due to end in the feature, questions are now starting to be asked about whether the club will be able to secure him for a longer period of time.

Speaking on Mariners PlayerHD after the defeat to Cheltenham Town, the Town boss explained that there had been conversations with Hull earlier in thee week and that the signs were good, particularly after Hull City manager Steve Bruce said earlier in the week that it was time for the defender to ''carve out a career for himself''.

Asked if the Hull manager's comments opened the door when it comes to the club being able to extend the loan, he said: '''It sounds like it, yeah. I did have a conversation with someone at Hull on Thursday and I think it was a case of getting Friday's game out the way first.

''I certainly wasn't discouraged about asking the question so fingers crossed that might be something we can do.''

Hurst was also asked if Townsend himself was open to the idea of staying, and spoke about his current situation at the Tigers in response.

''Conor would clearly like to play as high as possible, he's played higher than where he's currently at so I've got no qualms whatsoever with that and understand his thinking,'' said Hurst.

''As his manager apparently said, he needs to try and carve out a career and at the minute it's looking extremely difficult to be getting into Hull City's first team.

''They're doing extremely well and are only just down from the Premiership so it is probably a big ask for Conor but I do think he's got good quality.

''I'm sure he will have a good career, it's just a case of where that ends up being,'' he concluded.

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