Irish manager Mick McCarthy gave an update on potential granny rule recruit Patrick Bamford outlining that the Leeds United striker will definitely not be available for the summer qualifiers.
McCarthy has been in discussions with Bamford, who has scored 10 goals in 14 starts for promotion-chasing Leeds United this season, but the 25-year old had previously outlined that his priorities lie, for the foreseeable future, at club level.
“I won’t be speaking to Patrick Bamford now,” McCarthy said in March.
“He wants to concentrate on his club career for the moment. He’s back in the team, he’s scoring goals, Leeds are flying and he doesn’t want anything to distract him so we just left it.
“We just parked it and I’ll speak to him in the summer.”
Bamford would no doubt be a strong addition to an Irish strikeforce which is appearing to find form at club level with David McGoldrick grabbing 15 goals for an in-form Sheffield United side and Shane Long scoring three in his last four with Southampton.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, McCarthy outlined that he has not spoken to Bamford since the striker told him he wished to focus on helping Leeds United achieve promotion to the Premier League before deciding his international future.
“He told me he wanted to concentrate on his football so I let him do that and he wanted to [finish] his season because he’d been injured.
“Let him concentrate on that and he’s no chance of being involved in the summer because he hasn’t got his passport or his papers or whatever it takes to do it.
“So the only chance he’s got is if he tells me at the end of the season and it could be September, October [or] November.”
McCarthy also explained that having reached out unsuccessfully to Bamford on a number of occasions the onus now is on the 25-year old to make the next move.
“Absolutely yeah (the onus is on him) I think I’ve reached [out] plenty. I’ve left it with him to decide so if he wants to do it then he can. “