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Jason Scotland: ‘I’ve still got a lot to offer’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 January 2013

Jason Scotland celebrates scoring one of his 21 goals for the club

Jason Scotland celebrates scoring one of his 21 goals for the club

Copyright Ashley Pickering

JASON Scotland still feels he’s got a lot to offer after Ipswich Town came to an agreement over the final few months of his contract.

The 33-year-old striker – now a free agent – has made just one appearance under new boss Mick McCarthy, slipping down the pecking order following the arrivals of David McGoldrick, Aaron Mclean and Frank Nouble.

“I spoke the gaffer and told him that I wanted to be playing football,” Scotland told the EADT.

“He’s been sound with me and I thank him for that.

“My chances were becoming limited at Ipswich and I want to be enjoying my football at this stage of my career.

“I still feel like I have a lot to give. I came on against Brighton recently, I thought I did well and the gaffer said I did alright too. I still feel like I’ve got goals in me.”

Brought to Portman Road by Roy Keane in August 2010, for a fee believed to be in the region of £1m from Wigan, the former Trinidad and Tobago international made 59 starts and 38 substitute appearances for the Blues, scoring 21 goals.

“I’ve really enjoyed being at Ipswich and it’s just a pity I didn’t score as many goals as I think I should have done,” he said.

“The fans have been brilliant to me and so have the staff, chairman, chief executive and all the managers to be fair.

“I’d like to wish the club all the best for the future. I really think Ipswich can do something next season and be challenging at the top end of the table. The gaffer is building a really good squad and there is a really healthy competition for places. The training has been excellent.

“It’s been a privilege and an honour to play for Ipswich Town and I wish everyone associated with the club all the best.”

He added: “I’m just waiting to see what offers come in. I’m not putting any limits on what division or area I want to go, I just want to go somewhere that I can enjoy my football.

“Everyone knows that I like to play with a smile on my face and I want to enjoy the twilight of my career now and make the most of however many games I’ve got left. You have to treat every game as if it’s your last and appreciate your life as a footballer.”

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

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 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 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.

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