Ipswich Town keeper Dean Gerken’s contract extended by 12 months

Ipswich Town keeper Dean Gerken. Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town keeper Dean Gerken. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town have triggered their option in goalkeeper Dean Gerken’s contract to keep him at the club for a further 12 months.

The 31-year-old’s deal was set to expire in June. He has played 91 times for the club since joining on a free transfer from Bristol City in the summer of 2013. With first-choice stopper Bartosz Bialkowski in fine form he has been restricted to just four appearances this season,

Town have the same option on senior defenders Luke Chambers and Christophe Berra, but manager Mick McCarthy says a decision won’t be made on those two until the Blues – nine points above the Championship drop zone with six to play – are mathematically safe from relegation.

Homegrown left-back Myles Kenlock recently signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until at least 2019.

Jonathan Douglas, Leon Best and Giles Coke have all been told they will be let go when their contracts expire this summer.

It looks like the versatile Jordan Spence has done enough to earn an extension to his short-term contract, but injury-hit defender Steven Taylor will have to prove his fitness in pre-season if he is to be offered terms.

McCarthy has said that midfielder Kundai Benyu – who is starring on loan at National League side Aldeshot Town – will have his option taken up and ‘probably’ be offered something longer.

Paul Digby is also out of contract in summer, while Tom Lawrence, Emyr Huws, Toumani Diagouraga, Jonny Williams and Dominic Samuel will all see their loans expire.

McCarthy says he is yet to speak to first-year professionals Michael Crowe, Jacob Marsden, Joe Robinson, George Fowler, Chris Smith, James Blanchfield, Shane McLoughlin and Monty Patterson about whether they will be kept on.