Players' reaction to overseas proposals

Ipswich Town players have given a mixed reaction to the idea of each club playing at least one Premier League game a season abroad from 2011.

Derek Davis

Ipswich Town players have given a mixed reaction to the idea of each club playing at least one Premier League game a season abroad from 2011.

Midfielder Tommy Miller, who played for town the last time they were in the Premiership and was with Sunderland under Mick McCarthy at the top level, is against the idea.

He said: “I feel it is a waste of time. You don't want to be travelling around the rest of the world playing games.


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“People can't complain about England for example, when they are already playing too many games and then you add the travelling on top of that.”

But defender Dan Harding is using it as an added incentive and would not mind doing it with Ipswich as it means being in the premier League.

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“That should add to our desire to be playing in the Premiership so we would be involved in that.

“It is part of the job travelling, we do it every two weeks or so anyway so it would make no difference.

“This is included in all the positives associated with being in the Premier League and we would love to be there.”

Manager Jim Magilton, who still has vivid memories of playing in extremely hot and humid conditions for Northern Ireland is not happy about the proposals.

He said: “It is not a good idea. There is enough travel already and a lot of these guys in the Premier League are internationals and quite like the fact they are home-based.

“It will come down to money and if the clubs are getting big bucks they will go ahead and we will just have to get on with it.

“The other thing is there could be important points at stake and teams may see it a disadvantage playing a home game in somewhere like Hong Kong or Miami.”

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