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Is youth the way forward for Ipswich Town?

10:52 26 February 2013

Tyrone Mings, right, is seen as one for the future at Ipswich Town

Tyrone Mings, right, is seen as one for the future at Ipswich Town


Could the Blues’ interest in Histon duo Nick Freeman and Matty Waters be a sign of things to come?


Town are keen to run the rule over the teenagers but are waiting for bitter rivals Norwich to make a decision on Freeman, before deciding whether or not to take a serious look at the pair.

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Freeman, and striker Waters, 18, have made a big impact for the Stutes in Blue Square Bet North, with the latter having plundered four goals in nine games.

Both were part of the Histon youth squad that reached the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup, before losing 4-0 to Premier League giants, Liverpool.

With the new Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules coming into play from the start of the 2013-14 campaign, which restricts the amount of money a club is allowed to lose in a season, manager Mick McCarthy may be forced to dig deep and unearth a number of gems from the lower leagues on smaller wages.

The Blues manager has already signed Tyrone Mings from Chippenham and, while not from non-league, Manchester United’s Reece Brown could be the next youngster to sign a permanent deal at Portman Road, provided he impresses on loan between now and the end of the season, having signed for the Blues yesterday.

Brown was at League One Coventry earlier in the season but his season-long loan spell at the Ricoh Arena was cut short in January with the defender having fallen down the pecking order.

Fellow youngsters, Frank Nouble, 21, and Elliott Hewitt, 18, the latter signed by Paul Jewell, are also regarded as prospects for the future.

Jewell altered his transfer policy last summer with the former Wigan boss turning his attentions to signing young up-and-coming players, following the failures of a number of high-profile signings including Lee Bowyer, Ivar Ingimarsson and Nathan Ellington.



  • Yes I agree too Oldtimer but we do, desperately, need somebody for the now in midfield with a head on their shoulders otherwise it will all be too late.

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    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Yes,I agree 100%, but not at the moment.MM is getting together quite a few young lads into the club with I'm sure a view to signing some of them in the close season.This was and should be now the way forward.I understand the CB we signed on loan from Leeds is off to China,perhaps one reason why MM managed to get young Brown from Man Utd.Anyway we must look on the bright side and hope we manage to remain in this league next season,sign some good MF players and try for promotion.We can all hope.COYB

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    Blue army

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Deg

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • At the moment age is largely irrelevant, quality and enthusiasm are what count. Like Jason Scotland had.

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    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • if only enthusiasm meant goals scored.

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    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Yes,now it looks a very point,but nevertheless we should have got three.Every game now is going to be a cup final,having said that I still think we will manage to avoid the big drop,but it will be very close.

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    North stander

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Youth has always been the Ipswich way - whether producing our own youngsters or less frequently picking up bargains from the lower leagues. We are unlikely to ever be able to compete with the bigger clubs in the transfer or wages market so it becomes imperative to nurture or spot young talent. Young & hungry might be an over used term but it is nevertheless true that these players are desperate to impress.Players looking for a final contract & those coming here merely on loan are never going to have the same desire. These philosophies have failed miserably so yes it is time to return to the true traditions of ITFC & give youth a chance.

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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