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Ipswich Town’s shrewd summer business is done ahead of today’s 6pm deadline

PUBLISHED: 06:00 01 September 2015

Portman Road

Portman Road

While other Championship clubs scramble around for some last minute additions before today’s 6pm transfer deadline, Ipswich Town will be content that they have completed their shrewd summer business.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy has once again strengthened his squad whilst turning a profit in the market, the final pieces in the jigsaw added at the end of last week in Polish defender Piotr Malarczyk and Australian winger Tommy Oar.

A first team squad number of 23 has been reached, with the Blues having two players of similar quality now for every position. And below that there are several top young prospects keeping everyone on their toes.

Bartosz Bialkowski, Christophe Berra, Jonathan Parr, Kevin Bru, Teddy Bishop, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy have all been unavailable at various stages in the opening month of the campaign, yet Town still sit third in the Championship table and have a Capital One Cup third round match at Manchester United to look forward to heading into the international break.

Having arrived during a dark period for the club in November 2012, McCarthy took the team back to basics, slowly built a solid base and has now added a sprinkling of star dust.

Owner Marcus Evans, who has kept faith in his convictions, has ignored any calls for him to spend millions in transfer fees and instead tied down key players to long-term contracts. Loan fees, new players’ wages and continued investment in the academy won’t have come cheap either.

McCarthy’s unsung support staff deserve a great deal of credit too.

Director of football Dave Bowman and head of performance analyst Jordan Miles have led the scouting operation, the former using his wealth of contacts and the latter going through hours of highlights reels trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Assistant manager Terry Connor twice flew over to Norway to watch left-back Jonas Knudsen in action before he was signed from Esbjerg, while Under-21s boss Mark Kennedy did the same with Malarczyk in Poland.

There’s a healthy mix of experience and youth, functional and fancy players, with plenty of leaders among them.

One thing they all have in common is that, be they homegrown, domestic recruits or from abroad, all have a point to prove at various stages of their careers.

Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Brighton may have been disappointing, but there is still plenty to be encouraged by.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

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