Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender Shane Duffy has been assured that he is not being forgotten about during his loan spell at Championship side Yeovil from Everton.

Duffy has impressed during his loan spell with Yeovil as he helps them fight relegation and he has been reassured that Roberto Martinez and the rest of the Everton staff are aware of just how well he is doing.

"I was speaking to Everton just last week and it was good to hear that they are watching me. They are seeing I am doing well," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"I just need to keep going. The last few games have been a bit mad and we didn’t get the results but Everton saw that and they can see where I can go from here."

Duffy joined Yeovil in September, with his initial one-month deal being extended to three. He then had the option of going elsewhere but revealed that he wanted to stay to 'test himself'.

"It was a good test to stay here," said Duffy. "I could have gone to other places but I wanted to stay.

"I thought it would be a test for myself and the lads. I have never been in this situation in my career so I wanted to give it my best shot.

“If we come out of it, hopefully it will be good for my career. It’s different to anything I have ever been involved in. Hopefully when I look back at it at the end of career it will have stood me in good stead.

"We have got some important home games that will see where we are. We have had a rough time with a few tough games and we haven’t really got the squad to cover playing them (the likes of Southampton, Derby County and Nottingham Forest) every week.

"But we’re going to give it a good go and now we’re playing teams around us. We need to win these games, that’s what really matters."