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Trio make step up at County

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Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:34:00

Djibril Cisse is eying a move back to Marseille after admitting playing in the Championship with QPR appears "complicated".

Rangers' two-year spell in the Premier League came to an end on Sunday with a goalless draw at Reading and Cisse, whose loan spell at Qatari club Al Gharafa expires at the end of the season, is already talking up a move away from Loftus Road.

The 32-year-old told France Football: "Given how it has gone for them from a sporting viewpoint, (a return to QPR) does seem complicated."

Cisse would relish a switch to Marseille, a club he joined on loan from Liverpool in 2006 before making the move permanent.

"It would be a dream to go back," said Cisse, "or play for any club which can make me shine."

Cisse is hoping a move back to Europe can enhance his chances of representing France at the World Cup finals next summer.

"I have Les Bleus in my heart," he said.

"If I'm in a good team and if I do a good job I think it's possible.

"I have a crazy mind and when I have a goal in mind I do everything to achieve it."

Rose is a contender for Sunderland's Player of the Year after he put in a series of impressive displays during a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light.

The 22-year-old has made 27 appearances for the Black Cats after slotting in to the first XI at left-back and opened his scoring account for the club in their 6-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

Rose says he will make a decision on his future at the end of the season and he has hinted recently that he would like to stay at the Wearside club.

But Spurs boss Villas-Boas has told Rose he wants him back at White Hart Lane next term.

"A permanent move is impossible because we have great expectations for the player," Villas-Boas said earlier in the season. "He has a bright future. We appreciate what he's been doing there and it's been a great experience.

"He's been extremely well managed. We can't give away a player of his quality."

Left-back has been a problem area for the Portuguese this term. Villas-Boas has often played Kyle Naughton and Jan Vertonghen as makeshift left-backs as Benoit Assou-Ekotto has struggled at times to regain the consistency he had shown in previous seasons.

It remains to be seen whether Rose will want to come back to Spurs,

This is the fourth time Rose has been out on loan and he has only made eight Premier League starts for the north London club since he signed from Leeds in 2007.

Hird, 25, was signed by ex-Spireites manager John Sheridan last summer on a two-year contract after leaving Doncaster.

He was captain and was a regular at the heart of the defence, although he has also featured at right-back and in midfield.

However, Hird was left out of the side by new Blues boss Cook towards the end of the season.

He made 44 appearances for the League Two club and scored two goals.

The news comes the day after seven players were told they will be allowed to leave the Proact Stadium this summer as Cook wastes no time in reshaping his squad following the disappointment of failing to mount a promotion challenge.

All three players have been involved in manager Chris Kiwomya's plans this season, with striker Nangle scoring his first goal for the club against Colchester this month.

Academy manager Mick Leonard has congratulated the trio that are set to make the step up to the senior squad next season, but has warned them that the hard work has only just begun.

"Myself and (first-team manager) Chris Kiwomya made it quite clear that it's just a start for them," Leonard told the club's official website.

"They are back to square one and they will have to push themselves further and harder if they want to make a career in the game.

"It now means that we have had 10 players offered professional contracts since the academy's reintroduction, which is fantastic news for the programme."

Meanwhile, second-year scholars Liam Guest, James Randall, Mitchell Clarke, Kameron Campbell and Matthew Crust have all been released.

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