Tottenham striker Troy Parrott: Millwall, Ipswich loans both good for me

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Tottenham striker Troy Parrott says he values both his loans with Millwall and Ipswich last season.

While the numbers don't stand out, Parrott insists he's a better player for the experience.

"I've learned a lot about myself this season, what level I'm at, what I need to do to get better, so much little stuff," said the striker to the Spurs website.

“People may say 'oh, he went on loan, he didn't score much, he didn't get many assists' but it's absolutely not true that it wasn't a good season on loan. For me, I've learned so much stuff, even down to the tiniest little things. Obviously it didn't start very well with the injuries but for me personally, I feel like I'm picking things up on the pitch and off the pitch.

“I remember I played a couple of games last summer for Millwall, got injured towards the end of pre-season, my first game back was Burnley in the Carabao Cup and I got injured straight away again so for me it wasn't ideal and it was tough to take getting two injuries back-to-back, but if I could say one thing, I'd say I'm happy with how I went about dealing with it - I got my head down, worked hard, ate all the right stuff, did everything I needed to do rehab-wise and I came back. Whether I came back as strong as I'd felt at the start of the season, I don't know - if I could say maybe it set me back a bit then I probably would say that, but it's not an excuse, it happens, it's life and I think I just cracked on with what I needed to do.

“When I went to Ipswich, to be honest, at the start it was mentally hard for me because I always expect the best from myself and at the time, I kind of cared too much what people's perception was of going from a Championship club and dropping down - maybe people were going to say I wasn't good enough to play in the Championship, so at the time it was mentally challenging but I had people around me who were advising me and assuring me that it's not too much of a big deal and to be fair I have a lot of respect for League One and the Championship because I've gone out and played in those divisions, I've seen what the level is like and they're two very tough leagues.

"Obviously being with two different teams, seeing what it's like at those levels, it's been very beneficial for me and I just want to say thanks to both clubs. I've said it personally to them already but both of them have done a lot for me, they've helped me out a lot and I've met a lot of great people - the gaffers especially, Gary Rowett at Millwall, Paul Lambert and then Paul Cook at Ipswich, they've been great and the main thing is for me to say thank you to them and to everyone who has supported me all season. Overall my season didn't go exactly how I wanted with goals and assists but playing and experience-wise, I got everything that I needed out of it."

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