David Meyler hails ‘invaluable learning’ for Troy Parrott at MK Dons

An exciting few months await Troy Parrott.

Former Ireland international David Meyler has backed Troy Parrott to kick on from his successful loan spell at MK Dons this season, with the Dubliner looking to impress again next season.

Under Liam Manning at MK Dons, Parrott established himself as one of the in-form players in League One, playing a key role alongside Conor Coventry and Warren O’Hora despite missing out on promotion.

After his loan, Parrott comes into next month’s international window in fine form, and will be hoping to maintain it next month and beyond.

“He stuck at it and it has been an invaluable learning for him..”

“He scored some very important goals for MK Dons,” Meyler explained when asked about Parrott’s form. “The hardest job in football is putting the ball in the back of the net.

“He had the loan at Ipswich [Town], and then went to MK where there was a change in manager, and a few things did not go his way almost. But he stuck at it and it has been an invaluable learning for him.

“He is still a very young lad and scored a very important goal for Ireland [in March]. So, his confidence is sky-high coming into these games and it is another option for Stephen Kenny.

“The internationals will be very important for him, and then it will be a massive pre-season for him in terms of next season and kicking on. Troy is still only a young lad and all the signs show he can be the one to score goals.”

Troy Parrott.

While Parrott’s immediate future may be unclear, he will be looking to put himself in the shop window ahead of the next four games for the Boys in Green.

Ireland begin their Nations League games with a trip to Armenia before then taking on Scotland and Ukraine at the Aviva Stadium. Kenny’s side then play against Ukraine away in Lodz, Poland in their final game.

David Meyler was speaking at the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium, which returned in physical form this year and saw an incredible 56,212 students involved from 1,081 schools. 

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