LEEDS United defender Alex Bruce is considering an international switch from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland.
The 26-year-old centre-back has held talks with Northern Ireland coach Nigel Worthington about representing the province, three years after his last appearance for the Republic of Ireland.
Bruce holds two Eire caps following appearances in 2007 and 2008 but both fixtures were friendlies, leaving him eligible to represent Northern Ireland in the future.
Worthington, who is assisted by Leeds’ first-team coach Glynn Snodin, revealed that he had spoken to Bruce about the possibility of a call-up and said the former Ipswich Town defender was “very enthusiastic” about the suggestion.
“I’ve just got to be patient and see what the outcome is,” Worthington said. “When I spoke to him he’s been very enthusiastic.”
Bruce is preparing for his second season at Elland Road having joined Leeds from Ipswich last summer but his position in the selection order is unclear after a fall from favour in the closing stages of last term.
He lost his place in Simon Grayson’s line-up at the end of February and failed to make another appearance before the campaign finished in May.
United are likely to make at least one addition to their group of centre-backs having recently released captain Richard Naylor.