Town skipper being chased by a number of clubs
IPSWICH Town skipper David Norris is being chased by a number of clubs after the Blues have delayed sorting out his new contract.
He admits that his future is uncertain after clocking up a century of games for Town in Wednesday’s 1-0 Carling Cup win over Arsenal.
The 29-year-old will be leading his team in manager Paul Jewell’s first game in charge in their Championship fixture against Millwall at the Den today (kick-off 3pm).
But with his contract running out in June and a new man in charge following the dismissal of Roy Keane the energetic midfielder expressed doubts about what the future might hold.
“I could be out of work in five months time so I have to look after myself,” said Norris.
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“I can talk to other clubs if I want and that is a situation that I have to look at.
“Nobody is na�ve enough to think that other clubs are not aware of a players’ situation and my agent has been taking a few enquiries.
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“Not only have I got the contract situation, but with a new manager coming in there is a double uncertainty.
“Some players will be in the new manager’s plans, others maybe won’t and if that happens, then players will move on.
“That’s football, and I’ll keep my head down, keep trying to play well and see what happens.
“I’m not looking to move on and hopefully I can get something sorted here, but we’ll have to see what develops.”
Gareth McAuley’s contract talks have also been dragging on and he has revealed that he has turned down a two-year deal offered a month ago.
Any more performances like 17-year-old Connor Wickham put in against Arsenal and speculation will be revived about a move to a Premier League club with Liverpool still keeping tabs on the striker despite the departure of their manager Roy Hodgson.
Town fans, and the Blues bank manager, will be hoping that Wickham signs a contract extension when eligible on his next birthday on March 31 with his current deal running out in the summer of 2012.
There have been reports that Wickham’s career would have progressed better under better coaching and this is something that Jewell will surely be majoring on.
He said: “I want to play at the highest level against the best players around. Hopefully I can do that at Ipswich.
“I know I’m at the right club to progress as a player, and playing against Chelsea and Arsenal gave me a look at what you’ve got to do to play at that level.”
“I know there has been speculation but I know most of what has been written about me is untrue.
“I hear stuff from what my mates tell me and I have got some stick from the lads with the stories about me going to this club and that club. It’s all good banter but nothing more than that.”