St Ledger fears for future with club and country
Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30
Sean St Ledger has openly admitted he fears for his international and club future after a summer spent waiting on the phone to ring.
While Huddersfield Town are interested in the Republic of Ireland international, it remains to be seen whether Martin O'Neill is. Since taking charge, O'Neill has yet to select the defender for any of his seven internationals.
"I would love to play for Ireland again and still believe I can," said St Ledger, "but I must admit I am still a little in the dark. I haven't spoken to the manager over the summer. He's the manager and he makes these decisions and that's something I have to get on with. That said, I'm not playing enough football at the moment to warrant a place in the squad so I'm not complaining."
When he will be playing football again remains a moot point. For now, he is in limbo, waiting for an offer to come.
"It's not an ideal scenario as clubs are back in pre-season around now and there are a lot of players still looking. I'm doing my own stuff at home, trying to stay fit but I'm not the only one in this situation. There are loads of players out there in the same boat," said the defender.
"Financial fair play has come in and it's killing players. It's a good rule in a sense that it will keep football afloat but it doesn't help players out too much.
"Clubs are less likely to go for older players now. It is different if you're a Luis Suarez and you're wanted and the money is out there and people will pay it, but in the lower leagues it's really difficult."
- Sean St Ledger was speaking at the FAI's Festival of Football in Westmeath. He is visiting over 20 clubs around the county this week with Irish legends Ronnie Whelan, John Aldridge and Paul McGrath, along with FAI representatives.