Shaun Wright-Phillips released by New York Red Bulls but optimistic about potential return

Shaun Wright Phillips

The former Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers winger is currently in discussions to re-sign with the MLS club after seeing his contract option for 2016 declined.

Despite the New York Red Bulls' decision not to exercise his contract option for 2016, Shaun Wright-Phillips has told BigAppleSoccer.com that he is hoping to return to the MLS club next season.

Wright-Phillips, whose younger brother Bradley is the Red Bulls’ star striker, originally joined the team in the summer following a month-long training stint, having left Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer at the end of the 2014-15 Premier League season.

However, the extremely impressive form of fellow wingers Lloyd Sam and Mike Grella meant that the ex-England international made just one start in 14 appearances for Jesse Marsch’s men over the rest of the 2015 campaign, while recording one goal and an assist in the process.

The club ultimately saw their MLS Cup Playoff campaign end on Sunday night with a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Columbus Crew SC in the Eastern Conference final, and having since made their first set of offseason roster moves, Wright-Phillips has been left somewhat in limbo.

While one of nine players released on Wednesday, the 34-year-old is currently in discussions to re-sign for 2016, and though things are tentative at this stage, he is keen to get a chance to show what he can do with a full preseason under his belt.

"I don't really think too much, I take it a day as it comes,” he told BigAppleSoccer.com. “I'm being hopeful. Hopefully you'll see me again next year.

“If I had my way, I'd like to be back here. I feel like I'm part of the furniture right now."

On his lack of playing time, the former Manchester City and Chelsea man added: " knew the situation, I came halfway through this season and players were playing well. It'd be harsh to pull people out. I have to fight for my position, just like everyone else."

Before joining the Red Bulls, Wright-Phillips spent the previous four seasons at QPR, where he recorded two goals and eight assists in 72 total appearances.

However, the experienced midfielder endured a miserable 2014-15 campaign before being released after the club finished bottom of the Premier League, as he made just four top-flight cameos for a total of 129 minutes.

Having initially only travelled to New York for brother Bradley’s wedding, it remains to be seen whether he will get a proper chance to revive his career across the Atlantic, but after head coach Marsch made a strong push to sign him in the summer, there is reason to be optimistic about his chances of a return.

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