'It's something I want to be a part of... I don't see why not' - Garbutt on the prospect of permanent Ipswich move
PUBLISHED: 15:28 16 October 2019 | UPDATED: 16:14 16 October 2019
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Luke Garbutt is open to a permanent move to Ipswich Town but securing promotion to the Championship remains at the forefront of the Everton loanee's mind.
The 26-year-old has been an instant hit since making the switch to Portman Road in the summer, scoring in his first two games before netting a stunning free-kick against Tranmere to set Town on their way to a 4-1 win. His set-piece laid-on a goal for Kayden Jackson later in that game before the duo combined in similar fashion for the winner at Fleetwood.
His Everton contract is up this summer and, while insisting he's only really worried about performing well on the pitch, he admitted a permanent move to Ipswich would appeal.
"Everton were at the Fleetwood game watching and they're pleased with the progress I'm making but my sole focus is making sure I play to the best of my ability for Ipswich Town Football Club and to make sure we get promoted this season," he said.
"I've really enjoyed my time here, I've settled in well into the group and the fans are brilliant. Playing in front of 20,000 is what I want to be doing.
"So as long as we keep playing well and doing well as a squad I don't see why I wouldn't stay permanently. I'm settled and enjoying my football.
"I think I'll leave that side of it to my agent and the powers that be at this football club because at the moment I'm just focussing on my football and trying to perform to the best I possibly can do."
When asked if the prospect of Championship football, should Ipswich win promotion, would be an additional pull, Garbutt said: "This club should be a Championship club at a minimum.
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"It's a bit of a travesty that we were relegated last year but the lads have taken on board exactly what the manager wanted, right back to pre-season and we've kicked on massively.
"We've bucked the losing trend and now we're on a winning one."
The temporary switch to Suffolk is the sixth loan switch of the 26-year-old's career, with the left-sided specialist hoping to 'settle down' at a club soon.
"In terms of the way it's going it has to be up there as one of my better loans," he said.
"I've had a couple of poor loan spells and a couple of really good ones but this one, to start with, has been brilliant and I've settled into the area.
"Because we're winning games and have the momentum in the right direction it's something I want to be a part of. I just want to keep that going really.
"I do eventually want to settle down at a club I feel I belong at and I feel I have a home, where I can push on with my career and perform.
"The start of it couldn't have gone much better really."