‘I’ve made no promises to trialist’, says Ipswich Town boss
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has refused to guarantee Darren Ambrose a future at Portman Road as he runs the rule over the experienced winger.
Ambrose, 31, has travelled with the Blues squad on their tour of the Republic of Ireland, which culminates in a match against Shelbourne at Tolka Park, in Dublin, on Saturday afternoon.
Ambrose played a bit part at the club after signing an initial short-term contract in September then extending his deal until the end of the season.
The former Birmingham City, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United man was not offered a new contract at the end of the season but, like fellow free agent Noel Hunt, has been invited to join McCarthy’s squad in an attempt to impress the Blues boss.
“I have offered Darren a chance to train with us,” McCarthy confirmed.
“I thought he was good last season with us but I guess he has got to find a position really and get in and play in the team.
“He certainly added to training, he was a good character around the place, he was unlucky towards the end because he got in the side and played very well.
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“He then trained on the Thursday and did his hamstring and was out for most of the season.
“It’s a chance for him, but it’s just a chance. There’s no promises either way.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy says the door is open for out-of-favour winger Cameron Stewart to make an impact with the Blues this season.
The 24-year-old made just two FA Cup appearances for Ipswich last season and spent the end of the campaign on-loan at League One outfit Barnsley.
“He is the same as everyone else, he has got to come back and get his nose down and work hard and try and get in the team. He’s got to see if he can get in the squad first,” explained McCarthy, who is delighted with the shape the majority of his players are in.
“They have all come back and their fitness stats are unbelievable, well most of them.”