Troy Parrott, who turned 18 earlier this month, signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur after the January transfer window closed, keeping him at the club until 2023.
It was reported that Parrott did not go out on loan during the January window due to a rather strange UEFA rule that would have had a detrimental effect on the player.
Parrott joined Spurs on his 16th birthday, while UEFA require a youngster to be at a club for two continuous years to be counted as a homegrown talent.
If Parrott had been loaned out just days before his 18th birthday, it would have disrupted the two-year period, which would have had to start all over again.
Therefore, despite the fact he is getting very little in the way of first-team chances in North London, Parrott remained at the club until the end of the season.
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, who gave Parrott his senior debut earlier this season, has now claimed he is unhappy with the new contract.
Asked whether he was pleased to see Parrott sign a new Spurs deal, he said (Irish Times): “Not really. I wish he’d gone to Charlton and played games on loan.
“It’s great for him financially, he’s got a new contract but I wish he was playing football somewhere. He couldn’t go out before because of his age and I understand that but if he’s not playing competitive football he has very little chance of being in the squad.”
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