‘I have to be open minded’ - Hyam on his future at Town or elsewhere
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Luke Hyam would love to continue his journey with Ipswich Town but is enthused by the idea of a fresh start elsewhere if the club decide he is surplus to requirements.
Homegrown midfielder Hyam’s contract is up at the end of the campaign, with the club needing to decide whether or not to take their option to extend his contract by 12 months, a week before the final game of the season.
If that option is taken he will be delighted to continue his association with the club he first joined at the age of 11, if he is released, the 26-year-old will still be excited for whatever the future holds.
“I’m not too sure what’s happening but I just have to keep my head down until the end of the season,” he said. “It’s a very uncertain time for me personally but I just want to see what happens and what options are out there.
“It’s nice to have security in any job but after the last couple of years I’ve had (with injuries) it’s just nice to be back playing football really. That’s when I’m happy.
“I’ve had a conversation with the manager and he’s passed his recommendations over but he’s not here at the end of the season so it’s nothing to do with him really, it’s just the club. Whatever they choose to do we’ll wait and see.
“I’ve supported the club as a boy and all my friends and family are here in the town so it would be hard (to leave) but life goes on and football goes on so you have to take it how it comes.
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“Sometimes I’ve taken it for granted having been at the club since the age of 11 and I’ve just had a short stint at Rotherham, and all the lads take the mick out of me saying I never leave Ipswich. But I’ve never had the chance to.
“You never know what’s round the corner and I’ll have to wait until the end of the season to see where my future may lie.”
If he does need to move away from Suffolk for the next stage of his career, Hyam is opening to anything as long as he is playing regular football.
“I’m very open to it, I don’t know what’s going on at the moment so I have to be open minded,” he said.
“Me and my girlfriend are keeping our feet on the ground and seeing what’s out there. We’ve spoken about it a few times because of the uncertainty of it all and the fact you never know what can happen in this game.
“Since I’ve been back from injury I’ve just been loving playing football,” he said.
“With my age and my stage of my career I just need to play games, that’s where I’m happy – playing football.
“It would be nice to get a run of games again. If it’s here then great but if it’s somewhere else then we will see what happens.”
Hyam remains in contact with close friend Tommy Smith, who left Ipswich for MLS side Colorado Rapids in January. So could a move to the United States be an option?
“Tommy is one of my best mates and I still keep in contact with him regularly,” he said.
“He’s saying how much he’s loving it out there and sending me pictures of him just chilling by the pool and things like that.
“I’m very open minded and I just want to play football really to be honest.”
While Hyam is keen to stay at Portman Road, he knows the sheer number of midfielders at the club may play a part in the decision regarding his future.
“It’s been a bit of a strange situation at the club because we’ve had so many central midfielders injured, so it will be hard fighting for that place when everyone’s fit because we have some great options available.
“We have Bish (Teddy Bishop), Ems (Emyr Huws) and then some great youngsters in terms of Dozz (Andre Dozzell), Tristan (Nydam) and Flynn (Downes). Then there’s the fit ones here too.
“It’s a crazy situation.”