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Wednesday 21 August 2019

New club can get Mac back on track

James McCarthy
James McCarthy

Seamus Coleman believes that a move away from Everton can give James McCarthy the fresh start he needs to get his Ireland career moving.

Due to injuries, including a broken leg, and then a lack of game-time at club level, McCarthy has not played for Ireland since the 3-1 win away to Moldova, two and-a-half years ago, as manager Mick McCarthy felt he was unable to include the 28-year-old in his panel for the June double header as he'd not played for Everton.

The midfielder has a year left on his contract at Goodison Park but he is keen to move on, even on loan, and Coleman feels that would benefit his team-mate.

"I think he'll probably be trying to get out, there's no secret of that. He needs a fresh start," says Coleman.

"When he came back, if you asked me after four or five weeks how he's looking, I'd have said 'ah, he's doing alright', but say the last three months, he's been the James McCarthy of old.

"He was firing into tackles in training, he was getting about the pitch, he was doing his sharp, crisp passing like he's always done, so it was great for me to see that.

"After what I've been through, I could just see something change.

"Just one training session, I saw something change and I was like 'he's fine, he's ready to go', and he's just not been getting in.

"That's been his problem. I texted him on Monday night and said 'You've got a big part to play in this Ireland team so get yourself right and get ready to go', and I'm sure he will do that."

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