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‘I haven’t spoken to Mick’ – League One goal machine Moore happy to stay at Rotherham

PUBLISHED: 17:26 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 13 November 2017

Kieffer Moore in pre-season action for Ipswich Town. Photo: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kieffer Moore in pre-season action for Ipswich Town. Photo: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

League One goal machine Kieffer Moore says he’d be happy to stay on loan at Rotherham United, revealing he has not spoken to Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy about his future.

The 6ft 5in striker took his tally for the season to 13 with a last-gasp equaliser in a South Yorkshire derby at Doncaster on Saturday, with no-one in the top five tiers of English football having netted more league goals.

Blues boss McCarthy recently watched him in action during a 3-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon and hinted he may recall the 25-year-old from his season-long loan spell at the start of the new year.

• League One’s leading scorers all have Town links

“It’s not in my hands,” said Moore, who Town signed from National League side Forest Green Rovers for just £10k back in January and subsequently made 11 substitute appearances in the Championship totalling around 140 minutes of action.

“I don’t really have a say in it. Of course, I would be happy to stay, but it’s out of my hands. I haven’t spoken to Mick.”

• January: McCarthy tells Moore not to look at social media

He added: “I am enjoying my football and enjoying scoring goals. Hopefully it continues.

“I always believe I am going to score every game. It’s a mantra I have. I am a positive person. I am delighted to score my 13th of the season and long may it continue.

• August: ‘Moore still has a lot to learn,’ says McCarthy

“It’s a culmination of everything – great staff, great manager, great everything. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have the support or the assists I am getting. I am striding with confidence and I believe I am playing the best football I have ever played.”

Joe Garner (4), Martyn Waghorn (8), David McGoldrick (7) and Bersant Celina (6) have bagged 25 goals between them in all competitions for Town, with Freddie Sears also in the forward mix.

• Poll showed Town fans were happy for Moore to be loaned out

Several other League One clubs are understood to be preparing bids for Moore – who is contracted until the end of this season – is made available for sale.

Millers boss Paul Warne said: “Kieffer is a brilliant kid. Obviously I would like to sign him. Wherever he ends up, he will be a great acquisition for someone and I wish him all the best.”

• October: Moore may be recalled at Christmas, says Mick

McCarthy recently said: “The more he’s scoring goals, the view is that he’s more likely to come back here at Christmas and see whether he can replicate it in the Championship.”

Young Blues right-back Josh Emmanuel is also on loan at Rotherham for the season, but has been restricted to just six league starts thus far.

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.

And so the heat is once again turned down on the bubbling pot of discontent.

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