Bullard happy to take another pay cut to stay with Ipswich next season
JIMMY Bullard today revealed that he would be happy to take another pay cut to stay with Ipswich Town next season.
The 32-year-old midfielder spoke to Hull City head of football operations Adam Pearson yesterday and expressed his wish to be at Portman Road again in 2011/12.
Voted player of the year by Ipswich fans after just 16 appearances (five goals) following his loan move from the Tigers in late January, Bullard has over two years of his contract left at the KC Stadium – and on reported wages of �42,000 a week.
“It was not previously known but I took a pay cut to join Ipswich in January,” said Bullard, who is heading off for a long weekend away with some of his Town team mates.
“And I would be happy to play for Ipswich next season on the same arrangements.
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“In fact, if that deal was on the table now I would sign it.
“I gather from what I was told that Hull do not have me in their plans because of the financial situation.
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“I told them that I wanted to stay with Ipswich as I have loved it at Portman Road, but I have a feeling that Hull will wait and see if they can get a better deal.
“As it is me that will be at the centre of this quandary I want to have an input, and I have made my feelings known.
“I don’t know of any other clubs being interested.”
Bullard missed two of the last three Ipswich games through injury, but he says that he has the fitness to play a leading role if he does get his wish and continues to play for Ipswich manager Paul Jewell next season.
“I’m all good and just had a bit of a shoulder problem,” added Bullard, who is a low handicap golfer and will be hitting the fairways in the Algarve during the close season.
“I’m ready to rock and roll.”
Bullard paid tribute to Town supporters, and went on: “They have been magnificent and I thought it was a joke when they announced me as player of the year at the end-of-season function.
“I couldn’t believe it, and I’d like to say thanks to everyone who voted for me.
“It may have just been 16 games, but it has been a big three months for me and I’ve proved to myself what I can do again.
“It is nearly three years since I last played so many games together.”
Jewell also makes no bones that he would like Bullard to return with the most likely scenario being a season-long loan with Ipswich paying around 40 per cent of his weekly wage.
“I have spoken with Adam Pearson about trying to do something with Jimmy next season,” said Jewell.
“There are a couple of Premier League clubs in as well I think, but we are in there fighting.”