Impressive Leeds United loanee Paul Green has given Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy some ‘food for thought’

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Paul Green scores Town's second goal.

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday Paul Green scores Town's second goal.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits that midfielder Paul Green has given him some ‘food for thought’ after his impressive man-of-the-match display in Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.

In the build-up to his side’s curtain-closer, the Blues boss had said he will not rush into offering the likes of Green, Frazer Richardson and Stephen Hunt deals for next season and instead would take a look at what other players might be available this summer.

All three have said they would love to stay at Portman Road. And Green – who is set to be released by parent club Leeds – certainly caught the eye as he scored for the second home game in succession.

“I thought Greeny was outstanding – he was by far the best player on the park,” said McCarthy, a ninth-place finish with 68 points representing the club’s best season in six years.

“I’ve just spoken to him and said ‘keep in touch’. We’re not going to sign him now, that’s not going to be the case, but he’s certainly given me a lot of food for thought in how he’s played and how he’s gone about his business. I think he’s great and I really like him.”

Green said: “No footballer looks forward to pre-season, but it would be great to come back here and be with the lads.

“There is a terrific team spirit here – a real togetherness with everyone pulling in the right direction. It all bodes well for Ipswich and I believe they can do even better next season and make that top six.”

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The 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international added: “I enjoyed my first year at Leeds but the second didn’t work out.

“For some strange reason I wasn’t getting in the squad there, so coming here to trying and help Ipswich get into the play-offs has been enjoyable.

“The gaffer has given me a chance here and hopefully I have repaid his faith.”

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