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TRANSFER NEWS: Anthony Wordsworth put on the transfer list by Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, potentially opening the door for ex West Ham man Jack Collison

14:39 21 August 2014

Anthony Wordsworth

Anthony Wordsworth

Anthony Wordsworth has been transfer-listed by Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, potentially opening the door for the signing of former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison.

Wordsworth took the step up from League One neighbours Colchester United in his stride when McCarthy signed him for £100,000 in January 2013, quickly earning a starting spot only to fracture his back just 35 minutes into his full debut (a 1-0 home win over Blackpool).

Following two months on the sidelines he made a triumphant return to action, coming on and scoring in a 2-1 home defeat to Hull, and went into the summer break looking like he could become a key part of McCarthy’s plans for his first full season in charge.

He was restricted to just seven starts and four substitute appearances last season though, due to reoccurring tonsillitis , underperformed in the 1-1 FA Cup home draw with League One side Preston.

Wordsworth was eventually brought back in from the cold and impressed in a 2-0 win at Brighton, but was immediately dropped, McCarthy stressing that the 25-year-old had to start doing ‘the dirty jobs’.


Another creative spark has left the club as Mick sticks stubbornly to his rigid ‘substance over style’ principles.

I do think Woody deserved more of a chance. As Colchester United reporter for two seasons I witnessed his breakthrough in League One and can say with confidence that he could add some much-needed creativity and goal threat to the Blues midfield.

A ‘lazy’ tag has stuck with him throughout his career because of his languid running style, but that’s unfair. I’ve seen him rattle into some tackles and he’s quick to quote his running statistics. McCarthy makes up his minds on players very quickly though and it takes a lot to change those opinions. If you’re in, you’re in. If you’re out, you’re out.

I get the feeling that should progress slow down and the Blues bob around in mid-table then there could be some growing discontent over perceived negative tactics on the horizon.

Of course, Jack Collison – or a Premier League loanee – could still arrive, be a huge success and dampen the debate. And keep an eye out for summer signing Kevin Bru too. From my limited viewings, he does look like a player who could add a bit of vision and craft to the midfield when fully fit and firing.

– Stuart Watson, Chief Football Writer

The frustrated midfielder made public that he was ‘deeply hurt’, quoted his running statistics and insisted he was determined to prove his boss wrong.

He scored at Watford towards the back end of last season, got a late winner at Southend in pre-season, impressed in the Capital One Cup defeat at Crawley recently, but lost his place on the bench for Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw at Birmingham – summer signing Kevin Bru preferred as the central midfield back-up to Cole Skuse and Luke Hyam. “I have spoken to Woody and he’s available now to go out on loan or to join a club permanently,” McCarthy told the club website. “He needs to be out there playing games.”

With strikers Jack Marriott and Paul Taylor out on loan at Carlisle and Rotherham respectively, and fellow front man Frank Nouble also transfer-listed, the Blues squad has essentially been reduced to 20 first team players with some recent academy graduates acting as back-up.

Versatile midfielder Jack Collison, 25, has been training with the Blues and played for the Under-21s at Lowestoft on Tuesday night. The former West Ham man – capped 17 times by Wales – has struggled with knee problems throughout his career and recently had a trial at newly-promoted Premier League club QPR.

McCarthy has been impressed by the way he has trained, but is likely to want to see him in action. Collison, should the league allow, is set to play for the Under-21s in their league opener against Swansea at Playford Road on Monday.

Meanwhile, McCarthy has revealed that former Blue, Darren Ambrose, is training with the club.

“It’s not a trial or anything like that,” said the Blues boss. “It’s just like Jack Collison who is also with us. Darren asked if he can train with us. We’re happy to let him do that but it’s no more than that.”

Ambrose, who came to the end of his contract at Birmingham in the summer, was recently training with Colchester and Blackpool.


  • There you go Cyril, other people than you and I have 'sussed' the No.1 ITFC supporter"redhotitfc" and MM.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • How very interesting that Stuart Watson has come off the fence at long last and said what I have been saying for nearly two years. Well done Stuart. gwil - I agree with what you are saying and among todays comments it is: Yes the one and only GREAT redhotitfc who is alone supporting the moron so far, it would appear the man has been sussed out and if he remains in post much longer not only will he have destroyed the Academy, which far more competant people are labouring to revitalise, but the great club of Ipswich Town Football Club as well. Go man go - preferably back to Yorkshire..

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    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • ambrose was quality. wordsworth iswas not. no comparison.

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    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • The performance and result at Crawley was a watershed moment. Many of our reserves are simply not good enough and would struggle in the 4th tier. Time for a clear out, and Mick who now has a few quid can afford to do it at last.

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    martyn elmy

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I'm losing faith in MM. He seems totally against having any creativity in the team. We need hard working players but this alone will not get the club promoted.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Very shocked about this decision to let Wordsworth go and before anyone pipes up I have seen him play on many occasions for Town as has many supporters I imagine. For me he has a real touch of class about him and had offered a ray of hope when he was signed that we might be able to build something for the future that might excite us fans. Having seen us so far this season we are still relying on winning the second ball knock downs from long balls to create attacks as well as chances from set pieces to score so tough tackling up and down runners in midfield I guess will always get the nod over the creativity of a talent I think will go on and have a good career elsewhere.

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    andrew hunt

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • McCarthey throughout his career has always picked his midfielders on the basis that more often than not it will be the opposition that have the ball. He therefore wants defensive minded hard working players to close down & try & win the ball back. Their job is then finished as the ball is then simply lumped forward to big front men - no need for creativity or guile !!!!! It may have worked in the past but is now outdated - & serves merely to deplete the crowds more !!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • It is interesting that the Town have to rely on a big defender to save the day at Birmingham and the strikers and midfield hardly have a sniff. The lack of quality football is dire. It's also a clue when players prefer the physio to the training ground.

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    stuart barclay

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I for one will be sorry to see him go, solid player with lots of potential, I think this was a bad decision, as was dropping Jack Marriot again, still, in Mick we must trust! Good luck Woody wherever you end up.

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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • players coming and going all over the shop. Surely the club could do with some stability? i can see 1p5wich getting a good spanking this saturday lunchtime...

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    john smyth

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Really starting to wonder if MM is the person to take us forward - do not like his negative tacticsstyle - all he is interested in is trying to scrape a draw and if a win comes along great. Would rather see style rule over results and really be positive - we will lose some playing that way but also win more - we will never get out of this division if MM stays in charge and plays this dull stuff

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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • I'd do that swap deal. Unfortunately for Wordsworth he had to prove himself at this level and just got unlucky with injuries. Good luck wherever you go though.

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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Not surprising, if MM's job is to get the club promoted then unfortunately players like Wordsworth will have to be sacrificed as they are not at the required level.

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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Obviously the usual ignorant posters will be upset that Wordsworth is going; however clearly they have never seen him play. (Or any other players due to the fact they sit at home in their bedsits skim reading the reports). However i have seen him quite a bit and he looks extremely lightweight, has a poor touch, no pace and no creativity. He couldn't even dictate the play at Crawley. Hopefully Anderson and Nouble will follow him out.

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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • We now know that when MM takes a dislike to a player he's off, so AW's best move is to find another club where he can play every game and show what he can do. Good luck wherever you go.

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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

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