Ipswich Town’s style of play didn’t suit Tommy Oar, says agent

Tommy Oar celebrates scoring against Portsmouth

Tommy Oar celebrates scoring against Portsmouth - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Tommy Oar’s agent says Ipswich Town’s style of play was part of the reason the winger failed to settle at the club.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy reluctantly agreed to cancel the 24-year-old’s contract recently after the Australian alluded to being homesick.

Having joined on a free transfer last August, following six years playing for Utrecht in Holland, Oar made just four starts and five sub appearances for Town.

“When Tommy came they had a certain way of playing, but they lost a couple of games and the coach changed their style,” his agent Michael Jansen told beIN Sports Australia.

“With Tommy being a technical type of player, a more European style, he didn’t suit the play very well. Tommy just didn’t think it was working out for him.”

Jansen says Oar is in no hurry to find a new club – as a free agent he can move outside the transfer window – with Australian reports suggesting a move to China is on the cards, while A-League teams, including his former side the Brisbane Roar, are also interested.

“He is relaxed about his future and has all the time in the world to sort things out,” he added.

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“I cannot mention any clubs at this point but he is transfer free and a lot of interest is coming in which is normal with somebody of his status.

“We are taking it step by step. He only terminated his contract a few days ago. He’s top fit, played a week or so ago and is training by himself right now.

“The European window closes in a few days and when it does a lot of clubs will still be looking for players and much can change.

“There is a bigger chance he will go to Asia or the Middle East than back to Europe or Australia.”

The EADT reported earlier this week that a gentlemen’s agreement had been struck preventing Oar joining another English club. Jansen confirmed, saying: “Ipswich treated him well and of course out of respect England is certainly a closed book for Tommy.

“(Mick) McCarthy was happy with him, the way he trained and prepared himself. He did a decent job but these things take time.

“But, if as a player, you see the way of playing (and) training aren’t working out it’s better to talk with the club and solve the problem and the club approached and dealt with things in a very decent way.”