Delight in Danny could lead to new deal

IPSWICH TOWN: Paul Jewell has admitted he would be “foolish” not to attempt to tie Danny Collins into a longer deal if the defender continues his fine form.

Collins, who has formed a formidable centre-back partnership with Ibrahima Sonko, is only three weeks into a three-month loan deal but has quickly become a crowd favourite with his no-nonsense style of defending.

And on the day the 31-year-old was named in the Wales squad for their Euro 2012 qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria, Jewell has revealed he is eyeing Collins’ future at Portman Road very closely.

The Town boss said: “If he continues to play like he has done, we will be foolish not to offer him something. He has been terrific for us, not just in matches but around the training ground.

“He gives us that experience and with him and Sonko at the moment, they have been a base for our clean sheets. I am really pleased with Danny.”

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Jewell goes into tomorrow’s match with a fresh doubt over Lee Martin who is suffering from an eye injury while Daryl Murphy’s hamstring remains troublesome.

Mark Kennedy was expected to resume training yesterday and Jewell said Ivar Ingimarsson is “chomping at the bit” to get back into the first team, but must first find a way past impressive centre-back duo Ibrahima Sonko and Danny Collins.

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