McClaren said: “It’s a great opportunity for Kieron. I have admired him for years and worked with him for England before.
“No one likes to see a player injured but it is sometimes a test of character if they come through it – they become a more mature and better player.
“Look at the Premiership and the Champions League and it’s littered with players of pace and mobility who can beat players.
“They are becoming more and more important.
“We have been crying out for that for the last few years, that genuine pace, and Kieron is one who can supply that.”