Gentleman’s agreement means ex-Ipswich Town star is unlikely to remain in England

Tommy Oar in action during the Ipswich Town V Portsmouth (Emirates FA Cup Third Round) match at Port

Tommy Oar in action during the Ipswich Town V Portsmouth (Emirates FA Cup Third Round) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 09 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The agent of former Ipswich Town winger Tommy Oar has not ruled out the player signing for a club in Europe – although it’s understood there is a gentlemen’s agreement in place that he won’t stay in England.

Australian international Oar had spent six years playing in Holland, for Utrecht, before completing a ‘dream’ switch to Portman Road at the end of last August. Just four starts and five substitute appearances later, his two-year deal was ripped up though after he told manager Mick McCarthy he had failed to settle.

Oar’s departure from Town led to speculation that he could rejoin his former club, Brisbane Roar, or another A-League side, while there have been reports that a Chinese club is offering him a lucrative seven-figure deal.

The wideman’s Dutch agent Michael Jansen says his player is currently keeping his options open though.

“We are looking closer to home, but that does not mean that we rule out options in Europe or elsewhere in the world,” Jansen told AAP.

“As for Australia, right after the news came out that he left Ipswich, there were a lot of clubs who made contact – and not only Australian clubs.


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“Tommy just terminated his contract, so he does not want to rush anything. But at this point it’s unlikely he will sign for an A-League team.”

Speaking at the weekend, McCarthy said: “Tommy didn’t rip it up. I’m disappointed he didn’t see it out, but, do you know what, if somebody is unhappy, is finding it hard and wants to leave, then in my book what’s the point in trying to keep him? Thankfully we didn’t pay a million for him, but there aren’t many of them in the team!”

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