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‘It’s a critical time in his career’ - Dunne on Wordsworth

PUBLISHED: 11:26 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:28 25 January 2013

Anthony Wordsworth

Anthony Wordsworth

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WILL he stay, or will he go?

The long-term future of Anthony Wordsworth remains up in the air, but if he does stay at Colchester United beyond this month, then manager Joe Dunne hopes the 24-year-old has the right “mind-set” to flourish.

Midfielder Wordsworth has been strongly linked with both Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic, during the January transfer window, but for the moment he remains a U’s player.

If he does stay at Colchester, then his presence could be a big boost for the club’s chances of avoiding relegation into League Two. But with his current contract expiring this summer, Dunne has warned that the player must still be focused on the job in hand.

“Having Anthony around, will benefit the squad, because he is a good player,” explained Dunne yesterday.

“But we need to get the best out of him, and that comes from us and from his own mind-set.

“Anthony knows that he goes for a free at the end of the season, if it doesn’t happen in January. So how does he apply himself between now and the end of the season?

“That is down to Anthony, and I just feel that he needs to be careful. I’m a big fan of Anthony, but it’s a critical time in his career.

“You have ability, and you feel you should move. All I would say is – there’s not many clubs been in for him.

“The only way you are going to get a move, is to be successful on the pitch and be the best player.

“You are not going to sign a player who doesn’t play every week,” added Dunne.

Wordsworth is suspended for the U’s home match against Walsall tomorrow.

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.

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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.

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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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