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REACTION: Paul Jewell and Jimmy Bullard speak about the midfielder’s exit from the club

10:28 13 August 2012

IPS Town v Coventry. Jimmy Bullard celebrates with team mates after towns second.

IPS Town v Coventry. Jimmy Bullard celebrates with team mates after towns second.

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IPSWICH Town have officially confirmed that Jimmy Bullard has left the club after reaching a mutual agreement over the final year of his contract.

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With the Green’Un first to break the news last Thursday lunchtime, the club has today released an official statement confirming the 33-year-old midfielder’s departure just a year after a successful loan move was turned into a permanent switch.

Jewell said: “I’ve known Jimmy for a long time. He’s a top lad but he wants to play regular first-team football and I can’t guarantee him that here.

“We sat down and had a straightforward chat and I explained to him that I’ve got to look to the future and that he was down the pecking order in terms of a starting place.

“Jimmy loves playing football and at his age he needs to be playing so all parties agreed that it was best if he moved on.

“He’s a great character to have around the place and I’m sure there will be plenty of interest in him. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Bullard, who made just six substitute appearances for the Blues in the second half of last season, said: “I want to thank Paul Jewell for giving me the opportunity to play for such a fantastic football club as Ipswich Town.

“I didn’t play as much football as I would have liked last season and I need to be out there on the park on a Saturday afternoon, not sitting in the stands.

“I feel as fit as I’ve ever done and, knowing that my opportunities were going to be limited at Ipswich, it’s best that I move on.

“I’ll miss the lads in the dressing-room. They are a great bunch and I was lucky enough to enjoy a great relationship with the supporters at Ipswich as well, which meant a lot to me. I wish the club the best of luck.”

The Green’Un understands that the Blues are in talks with Rangers and USA midfielder Maurice Edu. For all the latest on this story, keep an eye on this website throughout the day.

– EADT and Ipswich Star reporter Stuart Watson looks back on Jimmy Bullard’s rollercoaster time at Ipswich Town: http://www.greenun24.co.uk/ipswich-town/jimmy_bullard_exit_a_look_back_on_the_dressing_room_joker_s_rapid_fall_from_grace_1_1477611

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10 comments

  • Great news - complete flop - overated - I can't see much of a future in football for him

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    john naunton

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • It's a shame it couldn't have worked out better but Bullard seemed to trip himself up time and time again. Well a cheaper replacement would be nice with a bit of experience to challenge with the youngsters would be ideal.

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    redhotitfc

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Let's get this straight - Bullard was a good premiership player ten years ago. Not great, but good. He peaked. Then like a lot of ex-prem players he ended up at a championship club on loan. He put in a good series of performances at the end of the 2011 season, earning him a full deal, which most supporters also wanted at the time. Since then, he has played poorly when picked and has not been professional off the pitch. To suggest that but-for him being given more playing time he would have been a great player, is completely misguided. He's now gone. Let's move on.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

  • Apity about Jimmy leaving. Too much made about his off field activities, when in actual fact he's no different to any of us, Paul Jewell included.

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    bismark

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Hope it works out in Jimmy's favour. He hasn't been given a proper chance to prove himself with the playing time he has had at Ipswich. An experienced player like Jimmy is wasted sitting on the bench week after week, hope he goes and makes a big difference to whoever he signs for. Will miss you Jimmy!! Wouldn't have wasted money on a season ticket if I had know.

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    jacmac

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • There were a number of ITFC fans (me included) - who were NOT happy that we signed this overpriced injury prone has been on a permanent deal. Whether people like it or not the buck stops with the manager. Jimmy has turned out to be a poor disruptive signing - with PJ unable to control or manage him properly. A very expensive mistake, from a very poor manager. PJ OUT!

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    Jason

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • bismark - spot on - especially last 3 words - any reference to which - however obtuse - does not get past the moderator.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Good luck JB where ever you end up. Would have loved to have had you here 3 years ago but understand you reasons for leaving. Now then PJ, lets see whether we can land Edu who would be a good addition IMHO, and how about a look at how much West Brom are looking for for Chris Woods. Good young strong target man with bags of potential crying out for 1st team football and may be happy to link up with his fellow young countryman at ITFC

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    Blue Exile

    Monday, August 13, 2012

  • Tom, let's get this straight. Bullard was always an above average premiership player, and I don't think even he himself would think he was great. He did extremely well to come back from two very serious knee injuries, demonstrating a strength of character and also a strong desire to play football. He turned down more money at QPR to come to us, precisely because he was not seeking to kick his heels, and the same is true now, when he has left rather than simply warming his backside on the bench. He was dropped from November onwards last year, and was therefore unable to play well again as he was not picked. You seem prepared to join the Paul Jewell 'it's what you do in training that counts club' whereas I cannot recall any points being awarded for training. I also feel that the comments you make about him not being professional off the field as being insulting as well as inaccurate as he has been a good influence on other players. You just seem to be anti-Bullard, maybe you always wanted curly hair as a youngster?

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    Kevin Bailey

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

  • Well put Bismark, whose playing God here.

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    jacmac

    Monday, August 13, 2012

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