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

17:41 27 December 2012

Lee Martin gets the better of former Town player Danny Haynes during the Blues

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.”

9 comments

  • HOPE WE DON'T GET IN THE SAME SITUATION AS BEFORE AND LET PLAYERS GO FOR NOUGHT. SORT OUT ALL CONTRACTS NOW I AM' SURE PLAYERS WILL BE BETTER FOR IT. AND AT LEAST IF (M.M. DONT HAVE THEM IN HIS PLANS WE CAN GET SOME SORT OF RETURN ON THEM. NOT LIKE THE LAST C-CK UP......

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    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Martin's only chance of being here next season is to go somewhere else, fail embarrassingly... and turn up back at Offshore Investment FC on loan

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • I suppose we can lay the blame for Martin being here at Roy Keane's door but at the transfer fee paid, Sir Alex Ferguson must be either very shrewd businessman or an excellent salesman !!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • HOPE WE DON'T GET IN THE SAME SITUATION AS BEFORE AND LET PLAYERS GO FOR NOUGHT. SORT OUT ALL CONTRACTS NOW I AM' SURE PLAYERS WILL BE BETTER FOR IT. AND AT LEAST IF (M.M. DONT HAVE THEM IN HIS PLANS WE CAN GET SOME SORT OF RETURN ON THEM. NOT LIKE THE LAST C-CK UP......

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    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • I'm sorry, but Lee Martin is a poor excuse for a winger! Whilst I agree it is bad form by the club to once again lose money by allowing someone to potentially leave on the free, but unlike previous times, I'm not upset in the slightest... Lee Martin is a winger, a winger SHOULD be able to beat his man down the wing, a winger SHOULD be able to deliver dangerous crosses time and time again, a winger SHOULD at least get 3 or 4 goals a season... He does none of the above, he runs round like a headless chicken which for some reason please the crowd and the contract being a 'hindrance' is a poor excuse! Surely if you want a contract you should play better?

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    ITFC93

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • If he is the or one of the highest paid players at Portman Road, then I can see him leaving. Saving money for the wages of a couple of fresh players. Regretably, he has never come up with the goods- goals to save us the need for new blood.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • football finance has changed today its not about what price a club puts on a player more what another club is prepared to pay it maybe cheaper to let them go on a free?

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    david peters

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Please could the management be properly business-like and sort out contracts quickly and efficiently. It would be a belated Christmas present to some very long-suffering fans.

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    Ken Hairy

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • I think Martin is now as good as gone, unless we climb the table impressively. We say 'let go on a free' but in reality the player (and the agent) gets a larger signing on fee when the contract runs out- if they still have 'worth', anyway. The question will really be whether ME and, ahem, Clegg are willing to stump up a similar signing-on fee for Martin to re-sign a contract. History says 'No', but if we start climbing the table and McCarthy insists, perhaps.

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    I am Spartacus

    Friday, December 28, 2012

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