"They don’t want to do these gestures and then it not go to the correct place"
Luke Garbutt says that footballers were always willing to help the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday evening, many Premier League players shared a #PlayersTogether statement, which details how they will be supporting NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) in the coming weeks and months.
The voluntary initative will see Premier League players support NHS workers, volunteers and patients throughout the country's battle with Covid-19.
Garbs said: "A lot of players put a letter together in support of doing this gesture, particularly for the NHS and front line workers, making sure it goes to the correct place. They don’t want to do these gestures and then it not go to the correct place. I think it was always going to be the case that if players were going to discuss it between themselves then eventually the right thing was going to get done."
The support from the players follows comments from Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week, who said that Premier League players should 'take a pay cut and play their part,' comments Garbs believes were undermining.
"From my point of view, his comments were a little bit undermining of football players because they do a lot for communities and a lot that is unheard of. Just because footballers get paid a lot of money, it doesn’t mean they don’t do a lot of good for communities. I don’t know whether it was a little bit harsh to just call out players straight away. To put that forward aggressively and to try and undermine footballers doesn’t really sit right with me."
Town have made positive steps to engage with the community further, with the Club's Community Trust re-launching amongst an array of other initiatives.
This, alongside the community work that the left-back's parent club of Everton completes, is something he feels that further validates his argument.
"Ipswich is massive in the community. This season I’ve seen it first hand that they do a lot for the community. It’s a family focused club and the fans have a good connection with the players. They will see what the players do to commit themselves in the community, I don’t think that goes unnoticed with most supporters.
"Everton is a huge community club as well. It does a lot for the community. The fans will have a lot of admiration for the players and what they do."
The full #PlayersTogether statement can be seen below: