Ipswich Town Brett Pitman reiterates his desire to play international football for Jersey
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Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman has reiterated his interest in playing international football for Jersey if his home island is admitted to UEFA.
Last month, the Channel Islanders – whose population of 100,000 is less than Ipswich – announced their intention to launch an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport after UEFA’s executive committee wouldn’t allow its congress to debate an approach for membership.
A UEFA rule introduced after Gibraltar’s successful application makes Jersey’s application more difficult as the island isn’t a sovereign nation. A meeting scheduled for this week between the Jersey FA and UEFA has been postponed.
However, if the Channel Islanders are eventually successful Pitman remains keen to represent them.
Speaking back in February, the 28-year-old said: “If Jersey did have a side I’d be disappointed if I wasn’t in it! The only other player born in Jersey and playing in The Football League is a lad at Rochdale, Peter Vincenti.
“This has been spoken about before but I think there are a lot of obstacles to be overcome before it happens. I’m not sure of all the ins and outs but I know there are many hurdles to overcome.
“I’m not even sure if I am in favour of the idea. You have to look and ask if there is any point in Germany going to San Marino and winning 15-0. Is that not just a waste of everyone’s time?
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“It’s not really for me to answer but that’s how I would see it. There’s also the risk of big players getting injured and where’s the reward when you basically know what the result is going to be beforehand?
“But if it happens and they want me to play I won’t turn them down. That’s where I was born and it’s something I would enjoy doing, but whether you can really class yourself as an international footballer playing for Jersey I’m not so sure.”
Pitman, who played for Jersey side St Paul’s as a youngster before joining Bournemouth’s youth set-up, is currently sidelined with an ankle injury he sustained at Leeds.