Grant Leadbitter admits he is unsure about his Ipswich Town future
GRANT Leadbitter has admitted he has no idea where he will be playing his football next season.
The midfielder has been Town’s star performer since returning to the side at the start of this month – scoring his fourth goal in as many games against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.
But his future is very much up in the air with the 26-year-old out of contract in the summer and manager Paul Jewell keen to keep him at Portman Road – but only at the right price.
While the likes of Lee Bowyer and Jason Scotland might be willing to accept a pay-cut, Leadbitter’s age and Premier League experience shouldn’t see him short of suitors.
And while Jewell admitted he would be looking to start serious talks with Leadbitter, the player himself was less convinced about what might happen.
The midfielder said: “I would like to stay at Ipswich – I have never said I wanted to leave. But at the moment, I don’t know what is going to happen.”
Leadbitter signed from Sunderland in 2009 and has made 120 appearances, scoring 14 goals. After initially impressing, many supporters feel Leadbitter has failed to fulfil his top-level credentials and he has been targeted by a minority of boo-boys this season.
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But after being a surprise inclusion against Bristol City at the start of the month, he hasn’t looked back during a crazy four-game spell which has seen him score four goals – including a fantastically-struck equaliser against Boro – but also receive a red card against Burnley and miss a crucial penalty on Tuesday night.
The frustrating nature of the overall campaign still wrangles with the former Sunderland man who knows what Town need to improve next season – whether he is with them or not.
He explained: “We have to pick up draws or scrappy wins when we are not playing well, rather than keep losing matches like Watford last Saturday.
“We have done well in the last couple of months but it doesn’t mean we are a top-six side. We had an okay start but then fell away in the middle, so the thing that has been missing is consistency.”