Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse doesn’t know if the club wants to keep him beyond next summer
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Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse would like to know if he has a future at the club beyond this season.
The 31-year-old – along with fellow key men Bartosz Bialkowski, David McGoldrick and Jonas Knudsen – is now in the final year of his contract, although the Blues are in control of an option to extend those deals by a further 12 months should they desire.
Town have a certain date to activate those clauses by, usually in May, and last season waited until the very last moment to talk to skipper Luke Chambers in such circumstances.
Chambers, who eventually penned a fresh two-year deal, never hid his disappointment at how that situation was handled by the club and said recently that he hoped owner Marcus Evans would deal with expiring contracts sooner this time around.
“The club have an option to keep me for next season, that’s their choice, but this is the final year of my permanent contract,” said Skuse, who has been a virtual ever-present for Mick McCarthy’s men since joining on a Bosman free transfer from boyhood club Bristol City in the summer of 2013.
“It’s out of my hands. They might not want to give me a contract. They might be waiting for it to wind down and then say ‘look, your time’s up, off you pop’ and I’ll be getting down the motorway to somewhere else.
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“If they are looking to offer me a new deal then I’d like to get it done sooner rather than later because you don’t want it dragging on.”
Skuse, who was best man at Chambers’ wedding, added: “I thought Chambo was a credit to himself with the way he handled things last season.
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“Listen, the club are right to do what they need to do. Whatever will be, will be.”
Town host Bristol City at Portman Road tomorrow, the two in-from sides placed sixth and seventh in the Championship table respectively.
Skuse was born in Bristol, joined their academy at the age of nine and made more than 300 appearances for the club. One of his former Robins team-mates, Lee Johnson, is now in charge at Ashton Gate and said this week he could see Skuse playing late into his 30s and would love to work with him again some day.
“That’s a nice thing for him to say,” said Skuse. “I do feel I look after myself well and can keep going for a while.
“You never say never about any job. Who knows what’s going to happen for me here and who knows where he’s going to happen for him? It could be that I play for him at Bath City or Forest Green Rovers in four or five years time!”
Skuse added: “I love it here, we love Suffolk. I speak on behalf of my wife and kids in saying that. We’ve bought a house here and we’re settled here. As soon as I signed we said we’d make a good go of it. I didn’t want the missus to stay in Bristol and travel back and forth.
“It’s a lovely place, a lovely club and it’s been a pleasure to play for this club. Hopefully we can get a new deal sorted if they want to do that.” Tristan Nydam is now in the final year of the two-year deal he signed as a 16-year-old. Teddy Bishop and Luke Hyam, who have both had repeated injury set-backs, the transfer-listed Kevin Bru, as well as striker Kieffer Moore (who has scored eight goals on loan at League One club Rotherham) are also in the final year of their contracts.