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Sunday 17 November 2019

Mick hopes Parrott can take Aaron approach

Troy Parrott. Pic: Getty
Troy Parrott. Pic: Getty

Mick McCarthy says he'd love to see Troy Parrott emerge and join Aaron Connolly on the big stage and establish themselves at the heart of a new generation of Irish talent.

McCarthy was fortunate to have players like Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne come through in his first spell as Ireland boss and now Parrott (17) is in McCarthy's thoughts for the friendly against New Zealand next month while Connolly is in contention to feature in the qualifier against Denmark four days later.

"There was a period in my first time in the job when I got Robbie, Duffer, Ian Harte, big Dunner, a clatter of players came through and did really well together," says McCarthy, who named uncapped players Parrott, Nathan Collins and Caoimhín Kelleher in his provisional 39-man squad for the November double header.

"To think that they have come through he system, come through together. I think you'll find they haven't played that much together themselves anyway at this level, or any level. But it would be nice if they came through.

"It's always a big thing to be called up into the first-team squad.

"But when he (Connolly) trained, he trained as if he had been there before.

"He was comfortable with himself and comfortable with the other players," added McCarthy, admitting it was up to Parrott to deliver, if named in the final squad.

"I don't think you can follow anybody else. I think you're in your own shoes when you turn up. It's different personalities, I guess.

"Aaron seemed to warm to it, and if Troy is in the final squad, we'll have to wait and see whether he warms to it just the same."

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