Andy Drury admits he is in the dark about his Ipswich Town future
ANDY Drury admits he is in the dark about his Ipswich Town future as the club drifts towards the same difficult contract situation that manager Paul Jewell insisted would never be repeated.
Having seen saleable assets Gareth McAuley, David Norris and Grant Leadbitter all depart on Bosman-free transfers over the last two summers, the Blues boss announced he would now be employing a tough ‘sign or be sold’ policy for those in the final year of their deals.
However, with 10 of the club’s 21 professional contracted players in that position, many are still unsure whether they will be offered the chance to stay beyond this campaign or be transferred in cut-price deals come January.
When asked about his situation, midfielder Drury – now in the final year of the contract he signed when transferring from non-league side Luton in January 2011 – said: “I have been in the game long enough to know not to look ahead. I have had one-year deals near enough wherever I have been. Whatever will be, will be – that’s the way I look at it.
“I like the club and it is somewhere I would like to stay for a few seasons but sometimes, as a player, it is not always in your hands.”
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The 28-year-old, who has started the last four games for Town, added: “The club have got an option on me, dependant on games. It is not something I am worrying about, I will just carry on playing my football.”
Midfielder Luke Hyam is close to signing a new one- year contract extension, but Jewell has admitted that he is not sure what the latest with Lee Martin is after he asked owner Marcus Evans to begin negotiations over new terms.
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Experienced duo Carlos Edwards and Jason Scotland were only handed one-year contract extensions over the summer, while Arran Lee-Barrett, Nathan Ellington, Ronan Murray, Jack Ainsley, Joe Whight and Cormac Burke also have less than 12 months to go on their deals.
Second-from-bottom of the Championship table after taking five points from their opening five games, Ipswich host Wolves tomorrow night before welcoming Charlton to Portman Road on Saturday.