‘You just have to be calm about it and let him play’ - McCarthy on Hyam’s future

Luke Hyam and Gary Madine battle in the Ipswich Town v Cardiff City match. Picture: Steve Waller

Luke Hyam and Gary Madine battle in the Ipswich Town v Cardiff City match. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Mick McCarthy believes Luke Hyam needs to remain patient and push his case on the field as he enters the final few months of his Ipswich Town contract.

Luke Hyam made his first league start for Ipswich Town in almost 20 months on Wednesday night. Photo

Luke Hyam made his first league start for Ipswich Town in almost 20 months on Wednesday night. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The homegrown midfielder’s deal runs out at the end of the season, with the club holding an option to extend the contract of a player who has missed much of the last 18 months through knee and ankle injures.

Hyam insists he wants to stay at the club he loves, with McCarthy also hopeful the 26-year-old can show on the pitch that he deserves a new deal.

“One real positive from the other night was Luke Hyam coming back after all his injuries and that was great,” McCarthy said.

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“From the club’s point of view, if you have a player who has been injured for so long, you just have to be calm about it and let him play.

“He was back the other night and looked like the old Luke Hyam. There’s an option on him and the club have the option, so if they want to keep him then it’s up to them.

“I’m sure Luke would want it sorted sooner but he’s had one game in 18 months, so let’s all calm down, have some more football, hope he stays fit and hope we want to keep him and he wants to stay.”

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