STAN TERNENT is convinced Town duo Michael Collins and James Berrett will have benefited from their Far Eastern experience with the Republic of Ireland Under 21s.
The pair were in coach Don Givens’ party for the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia, where the Irish reached the semi-finals.
Collins took his caps tally to six with appearances against Malaysia, winners Nigeria, Iraq and Australia.
Berrett, playing Under 21 level for the first time, played against Malaysia and Iraq.
“The two lads have lost a bit of rest time, but the experience they’ve gained more than compensates,” said Ternent.
“Playing international football is the pinnacle for any player, and to do it in a place as diverse as Malaysia adds to the experience.
“The reports I’ve received suggest both have played well and conducted themselves well, and their involvement reflects well on both players and club.”
Most teams were Under 23, so the Republic did well to get so far.
“The standard will have been high, and in James’ case, he was performing against players up to four years older,” added Ternent.
“Like a lot of the young players here, he has bags of potential, and as I said when he agreed his new (two-year) contract, we’ll do our best to help him develop further.”
Former Town defender John McCombe has joined Port Vale from Hereford.