Town can’t afford Bullard’s wages, says Jewell

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has conceded that the club cannot afford Jimmy Bullard’s wages.

The 32-year-old ended up being named Town’s player of the season by his fellow team mates and supporters after scoring five goals in 16 appearances during an impressive end-of-season loan spell from Hull City.

Bullard incidicated soon after the move that, having added new life to a promising career previously stalled by injuries, he would take a pay cut to stay at Portman Road.

However, Jewell says it is still looking like he will be priced out of a move for the one-time England international who still has two years left on a deal worth reportedly �45,000 a week at the KC Stadium.

“I’ve spoken to Adam Pearson (Hull’s director of football) and Jimmy both at length and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.


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“We’d love to have kept him. He was great for us and I think we were good for Jimmy, there’s no doubt about that, but after hours of negotiations it’s looking unlikely.

“He’s on a fantastic contract there, it’s not just a Premier League contract, it’s a top Premier league contract. Everybody knows that

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“The owners there are not prepared to let him go out on loan again unless it’s a huge contribution to his wages.

“It’s a deal we’d like to do, but sometimes in life, financially, you just can’t do it.

“That’s not a lack of ambition, it’s just being realistic.”

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