The strides he has made in recent weeks have helped to fulfil a long-held dream.
McClean said: "I'm enjoying every minute of it. Now that I'm playing more, I'm enjoying every minute.
"It's something I always dreamt of growing up, so I just want to push on now and progress week in, week out.
"I'm thankful the manager has given me the chance to show what I can do, and it's up to me to repay the faith he has shown in me."