Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy set to give the green light to Elliott Hewitt loan extension with U’s
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Ipswich Town boss, Mick McCarthy, has revealed that he would be happy for Elliott Hewitt’s loan stay at Colchester United to be extended beyond the initial one-month deal.
U’s manager, Tony Humes, has made no secret of the fact that he would love to retain the services of Hewitt for a longer spell.
The 20-year-old has impressed in his four appearances to date, producing a string of consistent displays in the right-back role.
Unable to break into the Town starting line-up on a regular basis, over the last year, Hewitt himself has relished the chance to get games under his belt on the League One stage.
And with McCarthy content with the performances of Jonathan Parr, in the right-back position at Town, Hewitt’s loan stay looks sure to be extended in the near future.
McCarthy said: “Of course I’m very happy to see Elliott (Hewitt) getting games.
“That’s why I let him go to Colchester. We’ve had him watched and he’s doing okay.
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“I know that if I have any problems, after the 28 days we have a recall. I won’t be calling him unless I need him, but he’d be ready to go.
“I’d say that eventually he can come back and push Jonny (Parr) for a starting spot this season, I’d say so.
“Elliott just needs to play. You can practice in training all day long – defending one-v-one, getting up-and-down the pitch, being in possession.
“You can do all of that, but it’s better doing it in a competitive game situation,” added McCarthy.
Meanwhile, Humes said: “Elliott fits how we try and play the game, and it’s an opportunity for him to get some first-team football. It benefits Ipswich, but it also benefits us.
“I think it’s (loan deal) something that we can take forward, depending on Ipswich and what decision they make.”
Hewitt has started just two league games for Ipswich this term, the opening day win over Fulham and the 1-0 defeat at Reading. His last Town outing was as a substitute in the 2-0 home win over Rotherham on September 27.
Hewitt said: “Every footballer wants to be playing, and it’s going well with Colchester.”