Where will Tom Lawrence be playing his football next season?
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Tom Lawrence has admitted that he has a big summer ahead of him.
Lawrence has enjoyed a brilliant 2016/17 season in Town colours, on loan from Leicester City, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.
But with the Welshman’s loan deal set to expire after Town’s visit to Nottingham Forest on Sunday (12pm KO, live on Sky), where will the winger be playing his football next term?
“I don’t know what my future holds,” said the 23-year-old, who could miss Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
“I’ve got a long summer ahead and we’ll see what happens.
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“There’s a possibility of many different things, but I don’t know my future yet, I’ve got a lot of discussions to have.”
One thing is for sure, Lawrence loved his season at Ipswich Town, winning many plaudits for his dazzling displays and amazing goals.
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“This season has been great for me,” said the winger.
“It’s been my first full season playing, rather than half-season loan spells, and it’s done me really well.
“The lads and the staff have been great with me and I’ve benefitted from that.”
Lawrence admitted that his stunning goal at Loftus Road, home of Queens Park Rangers, in early January, is his favourite goal scored for Ipswich, although there were a few to choose from after equally brilliant strikes against the likes of Sheffield Wednesday (away), Lincoln City, and Blackburn Rovers.
The winger also came off to a standing ovation, in the 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, when he was replaced by Danny Rowe in the 64th minute.
“It was a very nice touch from the fans, they’ve been really good to me and I’m grateful for the support that they’ve shown me,” said Lawrence.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone since I’ve been here, they’ve been great with me.
“There is a great group of lads here, with a manager (Mick McCarthy) and assistant (Terry Connor) who are working really hard.
“There is some good players here as well, so hopefully they can show that next year and get up the table.”
Town sit in 16th position in the Championship before Sunday’s game, where a win could see them relegate their opponents.
The Blues could finish the season as low as 19th or as high as 14th on what is likely to be a tense final day.