Horlock vows to keep working

KEVIN Horlock last night vowed to carry on giving his all for Ipswich Town and would not be rushed into joining another club.Oldham Athletic boss Ronnie Moore has made known his interest in the midfielder and a couple of other clubs are also known to be keen on the left-footed strongman.

By Derek Davis

KEVIN Horlock last night vowed to carry on giving his all for Ipswich Town and would not be rushed into joining another club.

Oldham Athletic boss Ronnie Moore has made known his interest in the midfielder and a couple of other clubs are also known to be keen on the left-footed strongman.

The 33-year-old has been told by Blues boss Joe Royle that he can find another club as he will not be offered a new deal in the summer when his current contract expires but Horlock is undecided about returning to the north-west.


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Horlock said: “It is disappointing for anyone to be told they are no longer needed in a job and it is no different for me.

“It gives you a big boost when you hear clubs are interested in you and it is a good lift but I have not spoken to anyone about Oldham as yet and it is a bit premature for people to be saying I will be going anywhere.”

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Although the transfer window closes officially at the end of January, Football League clubs have until the last Thursday in March to make 'emergency' loan signings. Horlock could also wait until the summer before moving on.

He said: “It could be that I go now or at the end of the season but I will not be rushing into any decision.

“This is a big one for me and it will probably be my last. It is not fair on the kids who have just settled here and my family is the most important thing to me.

“When I go it would have to be the right club and in the right area so it is a very important decision for me.

“If I stay at Ipswich until the end of the season then I will continue to give 110% to the club.

“The manager has said I could still be involved and every game I play I will be doing my best for Ipswich and for me it is also the chance to be in the shop window.”

Horlock has been a terrific servant for the Blues since signing from West Ham and he has put in some excellent performances as a defensive midfielder with the ability to spread raking passes on his day. He has also been a victim of Town's injury plight and most recently his appearances have been curtailed by a knee injury. The former Irish international is over that now and played in a reserve game against Arsenal last week to prove his fitness.

The Blues have allowed reserve team captain Liam Craig to join Scottish team Falkirk until the end of the season, while Aidan Collins is having talks with League Two leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

FA Youth Cup final goalscoring hero Cathal Lordan has also told he can find a new club and is attracting some interest.

Town will give new £150,000 signing Alan Lee, formerly of Rotherham United, his debut against old Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United tomorrow.

Royle is considering who to link up with him. Dean McDonald is available again after being cup-tied against Portsmouth, while Danny Haynes is hoping to keep his place and Dean Bowditch is back in contention after a hip injury.

Nicky Forster had a scan on his troublesome knee last night and will get the results back today. Hopefully any problem will be dealt with quickly and he will be back playing soon.

Adam Proudlock is also hoping for an all-clear after seeing a specialist regarding his injured knee.

Meanwhile, all the hard work Sam Parkin has been putting in on his rehabilitation is slowly paying off and if the former Swindon top scorer, who is still Town's leading marksman with five goals, continues his good progress he could be back playing in early March.

Skipper Jim Magilton is a doubt for tomorrow with a stiff back while Owen Garvan is recovering from a dead leg.

Norwegian Vemund Brekke-Skard is doing well after a hernia operation but needs games and could be further frustrated as Monday's reserve team fixture against Fulham at Needham Market is in danger of being postponed due to the poor condition of the pitch.

n Sheffield United, visitors to Portman Road tomorrow, have signed former Blackburn midfielder Gary Flitcroft and released Frenchman Lilian Nalis.

The 33-year-old Flitcroft has not figured at Ewood Park this season and arrived at Bramall Lane on a free transfer. Midfielder Nalis, who joined the Blades in the summer from Leicester, has a spell on loan at Coventry this season and is now expected to join Plymouth.

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