Ipswich Town have agreed to terminate Tommy Oar’s contract, after the player admitted to being homesick for Australia.
The 24-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Tractor Boys just last summer, when he left FC Utrecht after spending five years with the Dutch club. Prior to that he began his career with Brisbane Roar, during which time he was named as A-League Young Player of the Year. But his time in England hasn’t worked out, and earlier this month he request his contract be cancelled.
“I’d like to thank Ipswich Town for their co-operation over ending my contract,” Oar told the club’s official website on Friday afternoon. “It’s a great club and the manager, staff and players made me feel very welcome but while I have enjoyed playing for Ipswich, I have found it difficult to settle into life in England. I have been away from home for five or six years now.
“My family came over at Christmas and maybe I’ve got to a point where I want to be closer to home again. It’s just one of those things where moving over here has not worked out as I had hoped but I’d like to wish the club, the manager, the staff and the players the best of luck over the rest of the season and I hope to be watching Ipswich in the Premier League next year.”
Oar was handed the number 15 shirt when he arrived at Portman Road, and he made his debut at Old Trafford of all places, when Manchester United recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over the Championship side in the League Cup. The Australia international went on to make another eight appearances for the club, with his only goal coming in the 2-2 FA Cup draw against Portsmouth.