Ipswich Town announce ‘retained list’ – with Gerken, Ward and Spence among 10 players released
PUBLISHED: 17:52 20 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:52 20 May 2019
Ipswich Town have announced their ‘retained list’ ahead of the 2019/20 campaign in League One, with 10 players released.
The Blues decided against activating a 12 month contract extension option they had on Dean Gerken, Grant Ward, Jordan Spence, Tom Adeyemi and Simon Dawkins.
Jonas Knudsen and James Collins also depart at the end of their deals, while youngsters Chris Smith and Conor McKendry - neither of whom played in a senior league game - exit too, as does scholar Ryley Scott.
Left-back Pat Webber, 20, has had the 12 month extension option taken in his deal.
Gerken, 33, arrived on a Bosman free transfer from Bristol City following the Robins' relegation to League One in 2013. The Essex-born goalkeeper made 113 appearances for the Blues over six seasons, vying with Bartosz Bialkowski for a starting spot for the last five.
The Blues are understood to be closing in on a deal for 6ft 9in Czech keeper Tomas Holy, the 27-year-old out of contract at League One club Gillingham.
Town paid £600k to sign Ward from Tottenham in 2016. The versatile midfielder had a memorable debut, scoring a hat-trick against Barnsley on the opening weekend of the season after stepping off the bench at half-time.
The 24-year-old made 75 starts and 23 substitute appearances for the Blues, scoring 10 goals. He is currently recovering from an ACL knee injury sustained in the Boxing Day defeat at QPR.
Ward is continuing his rehab in Suffolk, with general manager of football operations Lee O'Neill saying: "Grant is receiving full medical treatment after an injury which was very unfortunate.
"We have a duty of care with him and his injury and how we put physiotherapy and rehabilitation in place for him.
"We as a football club have a reputation with trying to help players who find themselves in this kind of situation."
Luke Varney was in a similar position back in 2015 and ultimately signed a new deal after proving his fitness.
Jordan Spence, 28, arrived as a free agent in January 2017. The former MK Dons defender made 69 starts and seven sub appearances for the Blues, scoring four times - including a dramatic late winner in a 4-3 win at Millwall.
He hasn't featured for the Blues since a 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup third round on January 5.
Knudsen, 26, was signed from his hometown club of Esbjerg for £300k in 2015. The Danish international, who featured for his country in the World Cup last summer, was the regular left-back for three-and-a-half seasons (153 starts).
Blues boss Paul Lambert dropped him around Christmas time after it became clear the defender, who scored in two East Anglian derbies, wished to move on at the end of his deal.
Veteran Welsh centre-back Collins, 35, was restricted to just six appearances after signing as a free agent in January. The former Cardiff, West Ham, and Aston Villa man impressed when fit but struggled with injuries.
Midfielder Tom Adeyemi, a Bsoman signing from Rotherham, managed just five appearances for the Blues during an injury-hit two seasons. Winger Dawkins, a free agent signing in January, had just two cameo appearances off the bench.
Six loan players - Matthew Pennington, James Bree, Callum Elder, Trevoh Chalobah, Will Keane and Collin Quaner - have already departed the Blues.
It means that the Town squad has been reduced from 49 professionals to 34.
SQUAD AS IT STANDS
Keepers: Bialkowski, Wright
Right-backs: Donacien, Emmanuel, Cotter
Centre-backs: Chambers, Nsiala, Woolfenden, Ndaba
Left-backs: Kenlock, Webber, Clements
Wingers: Edwards, Lankester, Rowe, Roberts
Centre-midfielders: Skuse, Judge, Nolan, Bishop, Dozzell, Downes, Huws, Nydam, El Mizouni, McGavin, Dobra
Strikers: Sears, Harrison, Jackson, Morris, Folami, Drinan, Brown
CONTRACTED UNTIL 2020
Skuse, Edwards, Harrison, Roberts, Dozzell, Rowe, Sears, Clements, McGavin, Dobra, Kenlock, Emmanuel, Webber
CONTRACTED UNTIL 2021
Chambers, Bialkowski, Nsiala, Nolan, Jackson, Huws, Folami, Cotter, Nydam, Drinan, Morris, Wright, Donacien, El Mizouni, Bishop, K Brown, Judge
CONTRACTED UNTIL 2022
Lankester, Woolfenden, Ndaba, Downes
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