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Australian International to Join Town
Friday, 28th Aug 2015 15:09

Town have revealed that free agent Australian international winger Tommy Oar is joining the club.

The 23-year-old is due at the club over the weekend having left Dutch side FC Utrecht - where he made 105 Eredivisie appearances, scoring four goals - after five years in the summer.

The Queenslander was previously with the Brisbane Roar, having played youth football with Palm Beach and QAS.

Manager Mick McCarthy told Ipswich Player: “We have watched Tommy a few times and checked him out on our scouting system. We have done our due diligence on him and he will be a good signing for us.

“I spoke to [former Holland international] Jan Wouters, who worked with him at Utrecht, and he gave him a glowing report.

“He is quick and direct and puts some great crosses in. He does all the tracking back as well. I’m delighted to have him. He’s a full Australian international and he will add to the competition here.”

Oar has won 25 full caps, scoring two goals, having made his international debut in March 2010.

He was a member of this year's Asian Cup-winning squad but played only one game from the bench.

Oar was included in the 28-man provisional squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but didn't make the final cut.

Having been in the squad for the U20 World Cup in Colombia in 2011, he then started all three of the Socceroos' games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Oar was recently close to joining Athletic Bilbao but the deal fell through as he was deemed to have insufficient Basque heritage, despite his paternal grandparents having come from the region.

Athletic only recruit players from the Basque country or who have come through their youth system.

Oar also received interest from clubs in the Middle East and elsewhere abroad, and had also been linked with Brighton, Hull City and Fulham.

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AlexGreen added 15:10 - Aug 28
Well that came out of nowhere! Welcome aboard Tommy!

TractorCam added 15:11 - Aug 28
Another excellent bit of business, young player but full international on a free transfer, remember him at the world cup last year. Well done Mick!

leitrimblue added 15:11 - Aug 28
Great signing

commuterblue added 15:11 - Aug 28
Wingers, eh. You wait several seasons for one then three come along...

GeorgeITFC24 added 15:12 - Aug 28
Fantastic signing! Our wings are pretty packed now. Arguably our weakest position last year has become our best this year!

peteswindon added 15:13 - Aug 28
Wow can’t believe all these signings what happened to the days of us being unable to get anyone into town? LOVING IT

ParisBlue added 15:13 - Aug 28
When I was in Oz a few years ago he was the next big thing. Quite excited by this one.

BoredWithThisNow added 15:14 - Aug 28
Width and pace - has McCarthy had a trip to Damascus recently?

PJH added 15:15 - Aug 28
More good news,we have depth in all departments now.

muccletonjoe added 15:15 - Aug 28
Just keeps getting better doesn't it!

Lukeybluey added 15:20 - Aug 28

FenboyBlue added 15:20 - Aug 28
You gotta row with it.

OldClactonBlue added 15:21 - Aug 28
Great news. The new wide guys are the big difference and we need good cover to keep ahead of the pack.

wellhungphil added 15:23 - Aug 28
After this signing we certainty can't get stuck up sh1t creek anyway!

Marvellous :-)

rickw added 15:23 - Aug 28
Sounds like another good find!

titanicclown added 15:23 - Aug 28
This probably isnt accurate but it says his market value is £1.4 mill!

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:24 - Aug 28
Good, Aussies always bring a good work ethic and a commitment to being the best they can be when it comes to sport, I assume he is a direct replacement for CS .

Fennyboy YES, that's a catchy sing along right there. Hope FPR gets buzzing this season, it feels like its all just bubbling atm but ready to go mental!

Some people think im bonkers, but I just think im free!

irish_tractor added 15:24 - Aug 28
This is excellent. I look back at the comments of when it was announced that mick was in line to be the next town manager. It was 60-40 in favour of him. I wonder do that 40% now believe they were wrong. Really believe this is gonna be the season we go up.

SuffolkBlueSam added 15:24 - Aug 28
This is Oarsome news

bluemikey100 added 15:24 - Aug 28
awesome signing everyone wants to join ipswich were top of the table

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:27 - Aug 28
Pete, that's easy. Now we have a top bloke n charge, like his style or not Mick is a proper genuine guy, don't think anyone can deny that. As opposed to Roy Keane is an arse and one in their right mind would want to work for him. Its like having Branson for a boss after putting up with Sugar

ThatMuhrenCross added 15:27 - Aug 28
If this lad is as good as that article suggests, he needs to be starting ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Ainsley is terrific, but Oar will be our own player. Wouldn't want him to flounder while we develop someone else's player for them.

karls_dad added 15:28 - Aug 28
So from Australia, town is not too far to come to then? so much for all the potential signings that said we were too far out in the sticks!

Garv added 15:29 - Aug 28
Nice to have a winger of our own. This guy looks a great find.

ITFCGloryDays added 15:29 - Aug 28
He looks like, and he'll obviously given Ryan Fraser a run for his money, a like for like replacement though with when we lose Fraser back to Bournemouth next summer. Clearly, having seen the YouTube clip, he'll play but though once Fraser goes back Tommy Oar will cover Fraser's absence.

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