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Nigel Reo-Coker will not be staying at Ipswich Town

18:27 12 January 2013

Nigel Reo-Coker

Nigel Reo-Coker

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NIGEL Reo-Coker will not be staying at Ipswich Town after rejecting the chance to sign a contract extension until the end of the season.

Having activated a relegation release clause at Bolton last summer following their drop from the Premier League, the 28-year-old midfielder eventually signed a three-month deal with the Blues in October.

After making nine starts and three substitute appearances for the club, manager Mick McCarthy offered him the chance to extend his deal until the end of the campaign.

The former West Ham and Aston Villa man asked for longer though and, as a result, was left behind for today’s goalless draw in Cardiff – the last game he had been available for.

“He’s not staying,” said McCarthy. “I spoke to him yesterday. Fair play to him, he came in suited and booted and ready to go with the team, but he wants a longer-term contract and I understand he might have some other offers.

“I said ‘that’s fine, if that’s the case then go home and I’ll go with the lads that I’ve got’.

“He’s been great around the place, but we didn’t want to offer anything long-term. We just wanted to offer something to the end of the season.”

Luke Hyam partnered Guirane N’Daw in central midfield today, with Andy Drury their main competition.

McCarthy says he still wants to add some more new additions to his squad before the end of the January transfer window – preferably permanent signings.

15 comments

  • I am not disappointed.

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    peter sadler

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • This has cheered me more than the day Jewell left, best bit of the transfer window so far.

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    Scott14

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • If 'mouth' was an important quality he'd be a world beater.

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    Brian Betts

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • agree with so many of my fellow supporters - its in our blood - surely a sign that as supporters we do actually have a sixth sense about what is going on - even when we appear to be in the dark. Remember - we are the paying public - without us - no football club

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • I think I was more pleased by this news than the good point gained at Cardiff! I always got the impression from his body language that he thought he was too good for this level. On the performances in a Ipswich shirt he's not good enough for the Championship, let alone the Premiership. His passing was poor and only went sideways or backwards, known as a good tackler I don't recall many times where he got stuck in. The final straw for me was against Villa where he walked off the pitch all pally with the Villa players and didn't even acknowledge the Ipswich fans. Too big for his boots and we're best off without him. Overrated is putting it kindly.

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    Quagmire

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Never showed the enthusiasm for Championship level play so best he is on his way. We have an excellent midfield without him thanks to MM.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Steroo, the only depressing realisation here is you.

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    Tom

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Hooray that's great news!

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    Deg

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • No club loyalty. Mediocre player. Thinks he's better than he is. Your well shut!!

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    Gary Costin

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Whilst the jury seems to be out on what we DO need in midfield there can be little doubt about the fact that we certainly DID NOT need nrc

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • So basically, he was selected for the teamsquad then turned up and said he wouldn't play unless he got a permenant deal? Real class!

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    Blue Jerboa

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • So basically, he was selected for the teamsquad then turned up and said he wouldn't play unless he got a permenant deal? Real class!

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    Blue Jerboa

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • At last some sensible decisions... Never would have opted for Mick, but you know he is beginning to gain my respect for what he appears to be achieving at the club I love.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Even this good news is tinged with the depressing realisation that No Loans was prepared to keep Re-Coker until the end of the season. I take it that your humorous soundbite 'we didn’t want to offer anything long-term.' was unintentional humour... whilst hitting the nail on the head with an accuracy that has been absent from the EADT for some time.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Good decision in my opinion for both the club and Reo-Coker. I always got the impression that NRC thought that he was doing Ipswich Town a favour by agreeing to play for us at Championship level. He was average at best for us, good luck to him, onwards and upwards ITFC!

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    Alan Mason

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

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