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Robins may take a punt on St Ledger

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN are considering a contract offer for Ireland defender Sean St Ledger.

The 29-year-old is in limbo having been handed a free transfer by Leicester City in May following an injury-scarred season which saw the centre back play just one league game for the Foxes as they won promotion to the Premier League.

St Ledger admitted last month that he was concerned at the lack of movement in terms of a new club, but Huddersfield boss Mark Robins is a fan of the Ireland international.

St Ledger played in a friendly game against Newcastle United on Thursday night and Robins says he is impressed with what he has seen, though a formal offer has not yet been put on the table as the club have concerns about the player's fitness - St Ledger played just three times for club and country last season, has final appearance of the term coming in Ireland's 0-0 draw away to Poland when he was forced to withdraw in the first half due to injury. Sean has been out for a long time. This isn't a trial to see if he can do it, because he clearly can," says Robins.

"It's just the mechanics of the whole things, and he looked competent against Newcastle and did himself no harm whatsoever.

"He talks really well and will help everyone at the club if we can get him on the pitch and make sure he's fit."

Huddersfield have an Irish presence in the squad already as Robins signed keeper Joe Murphy from Coventry City in June.

St Ledger admitted recently that he could not expect to revive his international career until his club status was secured.

"I haven't spoke to the Ireland manager over the summer. He's the manager and he makes these decisions and that's something I have to get on with. The lads who he did choose had a great opportunity to show what they can do and that's football. I had a great run under Trapattoni and I want to continue under the Martin O'Neill era," he said.

"Of course I want to play for Ireland again but I'm a little in the dark. That said, I'm not playing enough football at the moment to warrant a place in the squad and I know that so I'm not complaining. Hopefully if I get back playing and my form is good, hopefully I will be selected. I don't feel I've let the country down any time I played."


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