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My contract situation has been a ‘hindrance’ admits Lee Martin

PUBLISHED: 17:41 27 December 2012

Lee Martin gets the better of former Town player Danny Haynes during the Blues' 2-1 win at Charlton

Lee Martin gets the better of former Town player Danny Haynes during the Blues' 2-1 win at Charlton

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LEE Martin has admitted the uncertainty surrounding his Ipswich future has been a “hindrance”.

The Blues winger is just days away from being able to discuss a summer transfer away from Portman Road and become the latest big-money signing in recent years to leave Ipswich on a free.

No clearer to knowing where he will ply his trade next season, Martin admitted that he is doing all he can to convince Mick McCarthy he is worth a new deal.

The 25-year-old certainly did that in the Boxing Day win at Charlton where he had a hand in both Town’s goals and also won – and gave away – a penalty during a personally eventful 2-1 win.

He said: “The contract, and where you are going to be, obviously looms over you and sometimes it can be a hindrance.

“But I am trying my hardest and just concentrating on the football.

“Not knowing your future is tricky. At the end of the day, it is down to me to keep working hard.

“Whether or not my form has been exceptional I don’t know, but I am trying my hardest.”

In Martin’s favour could be McCarthy’s renowned love of wide players and he has certainly impressed under the new boss, who still might look to bring in another winger in the January transfer window.

The one thing missing from his game has been goals with Martin drawing a blank in each of his 25 games this season.

He admitted: “I’d like to score a few more. I keep getting shots on target but they are not going in.

“The gaffer likes wingers in his team and he has been brilliant with me in training.

“I can play different roles. I have been tucking in at times to let Cressie (Aaron Cresswell) get on the outside, but I can also hang out wide and get at the full-back.

“Despite the uncertainty, I’m enjoying it and that is the main thing.”

Ipswich Town take on Bolton Wanderers in a Championship game at The Macron Stadium tomorrow. STUART WATSON previews the action.

Ipswich Town will announce the loan signing of Birmingham City midfielder Stephen Gleeson tomorrow morning.

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are said to be one of a number of clubs considering a January bid for Ipswich Town loanee Bersant Celina, according to reports.

Bartosz Bialkowski and Cole Skuse will both be fit for Ipswich Town’s trip to Bolton on Saturday.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful he will add to his squad in time for Saturday’s visit to Bolton.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he expects keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to still be at the club come the end of the season.

Tommy Smith will be allowed to pursue a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids as long as Ipswich Town are able to sign a replacement defender.

Ipswich Town travel to Bolton Wanderers for a Championship clash on Saturday (3pm).

Bersant Celina could have joined Bolton Wanderers in the summer rather than moving to Ipswich Town - and he’s convinced he made the right decision.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

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