‘An opportunity he would like to explore’ - McCarthy confirms Smith can join Colorado
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Tommy Smith will be allowed to pursue a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids as long as Ipswich Town are able to sign a replacement defender.
Manager Mick McCarthy confirmed Colorado’s interest and admitted it is something Smith is keen to explore after more than a decade at Portman Road.
However, any move for Smith will require a new defender to be brought in, given Luke Chambers is the only other fully fit specialist centre-half at the club at this time.
“You know there is some interest in him but we will just wait and see,” McCarthy said.
“They (Colorado Rapids) are interested but I wouldn’t sanction any move for him until I got somebody in who could play there.
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“I think it’s just an opportunity for him that he would like to explore, certainly. He wants to play, that’s the upshot of it and he wouldn’t be playing in front of Chambo and Adam Webster.
“He’s at an age where he wants to play in the first team and if he gets a chance to do that he’d like to.
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“He’s had a tough time over the last little while but he’s back, he’s fit and training.
“If it does happen it would be an end of an era but everything comes to an end.”
Smith has missed the Blues’ last two games due to illness but McCarthy confirmed today he is fit to play if required.