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29 October 2014

Chat with Mick and New Zealand boss leaves defender relishing international return

Tommy Smith has had a change of heart at international level after having a chat with Town boss Mick McCarthy and his new All Whites manager. 

With New Zealand not having any tournament football over the next year, the Blues’ defender had initially looked to have a spell out of the international scene and take a break from the long flights.

A spell on the sidelines for Town though, with Tommy having to settle for a substitute’s role for much of the last two months, has played a part in his rethink.

“I met with the new head coach of New Zealand [Anthony Hudson] recently for a coffee and a chat and I’ve decided to make myself available again,” Tommy told the Club website.

“When I made the original decision to take a break for a year, I was playing week in, week out for Ipswich and I wanted to focus all my energy into my Club performances.

“With New Zealand only having friendlies lined up this year, I believed it would give me the chance to recover after the long flights, but after speaking with the gaffer here he felt it would be good for me to play at international level and get some football.  

“I really appreciate the new head coach taking the time out to come and meet me over here. He was doing the rounds with the English-based players and I think that shows how much he all wants us on board and I’m looking forward to representing the All Whites again.”

New Zealand are next in action against China on November 14 and then face Thailand four days later, both friendlies. 

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