Legwinski faces the axe

SYLVAIN Legwinski will be released in the summer.The Ipswich Town midfielder has not played since the 1-1 draw at Blackpool in mid-January and no longer figures at all in manager Jim Magilton's plans.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

SYLVAIN Legwinski looks set to be released in the summer.

The Ipswich Town midfielder has not played since the 1-1 draw at Blackpool in mid-January and no longer figures at all in manager Jim Magilton's plans.

Legwinski, who has managed just 15 games this season, with goals against Burnley and QPR, will not have his contract extended when it runs out in July.

With Velice Sumulikoski, Owen Garvan, Tommy Miller, Liam Trotter, Gavin Williams and David Norris (when fit) all seemingly above him, Legwinski accepts he has no future at Portman Road and is understood to be ready to return to France at the end of the season, although he still has a home in London.

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The Frenchman has the unique distinction of being something of a derby-day goals specialist after scoring against Norwich City, Colchester United, Southend United and Luton Town.

Former AS Monaco and Bordeaux star Legwinski was signed as a free agent from Fulham at the beginning of last season and has made 51 appearances, weighing in with seven goals.

Magilton is likely to thin out his squad during the summer, whichever division they are in but ahs already made it clear he wants to keep skipper Jason de Vos although the Canadian will not give his decision until the summer as he is considering retiring.

Defender Sito Castro is another who will be out of contract in but even though he has figured heavily of late, has not yet been given an indication if he will be offered a new contract.

Fabian Wilnis is another who looks as if his days at town are over, unless he is offered a full-time coaching role when his playing contact expires in the summer.

Town are likely to be without striker Shefki Kuqi and midfielder David Norris for the trip to Layer Road, although both continue to be monitored.

Meanwhile, Chris Casement has been include din the Northern Ireland squad that will play Portugal, USA and Cape Verde in the Campos Verdes tournament later this month.

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Magilton admitted he had not offered the Frenchman a new contract yet but he has not spoken to any players - except Jason De Vos. Legwinski is still part of the Town squad.