Deano poised to go out on loan
IPSWICH Town striker Dean Bowditch is about to go out on a month's loan - with League Two Brentford top of the list to take him onboard.Blues manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that he still has faith in the 21-year-old, and will be looking to restore him into his first-team squad on his return.
IPSWICH Town striker Dean Bowditch is about to go out on a month's loan - with League Two Brentford top of the list to take him onboard.
Blues manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that he still has faith in the 21-year-old, and will be looking to restore him into his first-team squad on his return.
“We expect to finalise the details of Dean's loan later today, with Brent-ford as one of the interested clubs,” said Magilton.
“Dean has a lot to offer and he has shown signs this season in the reserves that he is beginning to find his best touch.
“But he needs games, and I want him to go away for a month and come back with his confidence improved.
“Dean has yet to have the benefit of playing in front of the midfield players we now have at the club.
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“He is a player who thrives on good service, and he still has a future at this club.”
Bowditch made a big impression when he burst into the side as a 17-year-old, but his career has not kicked on despite loan periods at Burnley, Wycombe and Brighton.
Time is running out if he is going to gain another Town contract, and he has not even featured on the bench this season.
Bowditch, who has made 35 starts with 46 substitute appearances (nine goals), could be joined on a short-term move away from Portman Road by fellow striker Jordan Rhodes.
The 17-year-old is also interesting Terry Butcher's Brentford, with Magilton adding: “Jordan came back from his time at Blue Square Premier Oxford a more mature player.
“He has shown that even at a young age he can handle a loan period and benefit from it.
“If we can find him a suitable club we will loan him out short-term again. He fitted in well with Dean up front in yesterday's friendly against Spurs.
“And if the right opportunity comes along there are other players who could be loaned.”
Ipswich already have Matt Richards and George O'Callaghan at Brighton, Sammy Moore at Brentford and Ian Miller with Darlington on loan.
Magilton confirmed that at the moment there is no move to bring in any loan players with January a likely time for the manager's squad to be strengthened.
The due diligence process surrounding the impending major investment into the club of billionaire Marcus Evans is progressing well and Magilton should hopefully be benefiting from an influx of £12million in new shares by the middle of next month.
West Brom midfielder Richard Chaplow has been linked with Ipswich, and Magilton said: “We are aware of Richard, but this is as far as it has gone. Something might happen in January, but we are showing no interest at the moment.”
Town have no game this Saturday because of the international break, and then travel to Cardiff on November 24 for a game that kicks-off at noon because of a Welsh rugby union international.