Ipswich Town were never close to signing Rotherham United duo on permanent deals, says Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town v AFC Bournemouth.
Sky Bet Championship.
Frazer Richardson in action for Town.

Ipswich Town v AFC Bournemouth. Sky Bet Championship. Frazer Richardson in action for Town. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Mick McCarthy has today revealed that he was never close to signing Rotherham United duo Paul Green and Frazer Richardson in the summer.

Paul Green gets in ahead of Danny Ings at Turf Moor

Paul Green gets in ahead of Danny Ings at Turf Moor - Credit: Archant

The duo made 21 appearances between them at the back end of the season – Green scoring two goals – and penned permanent deals with Steve Evans’ Millers in pre-season.

Evans said earlier in the week that had geography allowed it, the Pontefract-born Green and Rotherham-born Richardson may have signed for Town as the Millers were not on the Blues’ level financially.

But McCarthy said: “I would sign them both on loan, but I was not going to sign them (permanently).”

“They had a really good offer (from Rotherham), the location does suit and I was not going to get involved with that or even try (to sign them).

“They are really good signings but as it happens we have got Elliott Hewitt (at right-back) and, as for Greeny, we have Teddy Bishop, Cole Skuse and Luke Hyam in midfield, so we have got bodies.

“It never really got that far with them both and they had a really good offer from Steve Evans.”

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Current Ipswich players, Anthony Wordsworth and Paul Taylor, on-loan at Rotherham, are ineligible for the game.

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