Trotter gets double contract offer

LIAM Trotter is spoilt for choice after being offered deals by both Ipswich Town and Scunthorpe United.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

LIAM Trotter is spoilt for choice after being offered deals by both Ipswich Town and Scunthorpe United.

A fortnight ago the 20-year-old midfielder was not entirely certain whether either club wanted him full time but after winning a play-off final at Wembley his dilemma now is which Championship club to choose.

Blues boss Roy Keane sat down with the former Northgate pupil and asked him to stay on a new deal, understood to be for an initial two-years and the option of a third.

Keane said: “I have had a chat with Liam and we have offered him a new contract. I have told him that I'd like to keep him at the club.”

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Ipswich born and bred Trotter had a spell at Bury's academy at West Suffolk College before returning to the Ipswich set up where he helped them win the FA Youth Cup.

Handed his Town debut by Joe Royle at Plymouth in 2006, Trotter started last season well for the Blues, scoring in the 3-0 win at Burnley but found himself frozen out by then manager Jim Magilton and he went out on loan initially to Grimsby and then Scunthorpe.

The offer from Nigel Atkins at Glandford Park will be tempting for other reasons.

Trotter played a key part in the latter part of the Iron's promotion push, scoring a league goal against Northampton, netting a shoot-out penalty after putting in a man of the match performance in the play-off semi-final at Mk Dons and playing his part in beating Millwall in the final at Wembley after going on as a second half substitute as United came from behind to win 3-2.

Trotter told me how much he felt part of the set up at Scunthorpe now and was enjoying being involved on a regular basis.

He said: “I have scored, and played more and contributed. I know the lads a lot better now and they know me and I really feel a part of the dressing room.”

“I feel the manager (Adkins) has put his trust in me more now. He is giving me even more game time and I feel involved.

“It is a great thing to get a real chance like this, and it has been a really good experience.”

If Trotter chooses Scunthorpe then the Blues will be entitled to compensation as he was brought through their academy and has been offered a new deal.

If the clubs can't agree a fee then a tribunal will decide the amount.