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29 May 2013

No summer football is All White with defender!

Tommy Smith has welcomed the ‘rare’ chance to get a clean break from football over the summer. 

The Town defender, who recently put pen to paper on a contract extension at the Club that will keep him at Portman Road until 2016, will report back with the rest of the first-team squad in the last week of June.

After playing in the 2010 World Cup for New Zealand and representing his country in the 2012 London Olympics, it will be only the second time in four years that Tommy’s pre-season has mirrored his Town team-mates. 

“It is nice to get a complete break from the game over the summer. It’s good for the body and the mind,” the Blues’ Academy graduate told the Club website.

“What with the World Cup and the Olympics, I’ve had continuous football on occasions and while playing competitive football can be quite good in some ways in taking you into a new season, there is another side to it. 

“The fatigue can take its toll and I think it probably affected me going into the first games of a new season more than it did the other players who had a break.”

Tommy is hoping not to have the 2014 summer off though as he chases a second tournament of World Cup football. 

The All Whites didn’t lose in their 2010 group games in South Africa, holding Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay to draws and are one step from qualifying for Brazil next year.  

“It was an amazing experience, playing in the World Cup and obviously I’d love to have that chance again in Brazil,” added the 23-year-old.  

“I think we have games being lined up in September and October in the international break and then we have a two-legged play-off in November for a place in the finals.”

New Zealand will play the fourth place team from the CONCAFAF section in that play-off.

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