Contract mistakes won’t be repeated
Mistakes have been made before.
But Paul Jewell is adamant past problems with out-of-contract players will not once again rear their ugly head at Ipswich Town.
Where last year club captain David Norris and top defender Gareth McAuley were allowed to walk away for nothing, this year’s list is headed by current skipper Grant Leadbitter and promising youngster Josh Carson.
After coming to the club in January with a whopping 21 players heading out of contract, Jewell will this time be able to do everything in his power to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself – insisting he wants both Leadbitter and Carson to sign extended deals and remain at the club.
The manager said: “I sat down with Grant and we had a chat. He has not played as well as he would have liked to, but he is not the only one.
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“He trains properly every day, works hard and he is the captain at the moment. He cares deeply about his football and he likes it here and we are happy to have him.
“I don’t want this Grant Leadbitter thing to drag on like David Norris or Gareth McAuley. It is no big deal. Me and Grant have sat down and had an open and frank discussion. He said he wants to stay and I am very happy about that.”
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The same seems to apply to Carson whose agent has held talks with the club over extending his contract.
The Northern Ireland youngster came out of nowhere to shine in the latter part of last season, but Jewell admitted that the 18-year-old had struggled since coming back this summer.
With Jay Emmanuel-Thomas likely to be benched because of his ankle injury and Lee Martin still suspended, Carson might get another chance to find his form against Blackpool tomorrow.
But Jewell warned: “We have to be careful. He burst onto the scene last year and sometimes young players can take a backward step a little. Josh is in very early days of his progress but we do want to sign him.”