Passion behind Ipswich return

LEGENDS of League organiser Troy Byers might not be running out with the players but that won't stop him getting pumped up for Saturday's exhibition match.

Well aware of how much the concept means to the fans and players involved, Byers said he couldn't wait to see the event return to Ipswich after an eight-year break.

"Through the Mayor and the council, Ipswich was the first to really take it on and make it big," he said.

"It's always had a very good reception in Ipswich which is why it's been held here six times already.

"It's great for the players as well because they love coming back and doing things for the community."

With a host of personalities lining up for both sides, Byers said Ipswich was in for a treat.

"It's great to have this calibre of players getting involved," he said. "They are all really good individuals and top blokes. You've got guys like Hopoate who were heavily suspended as players, but these guys are the first to put their hands up.

"They love being part of the concept because they didn't get to do this during their playing careers."

For some players it was also about finding life after professional football.

"For them it's great to have a chance to be able to meet each other and share some experiences," he said.

"They all miss the game and the mateship. It gives them a mentor where they can talk about it with someone else that has walked away from it."



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