Luke Varney will be released, but Kevin Foley may get new Ipswich Town deal

Luke Varney scored a last-minute winner in last Saturday's 3-2 home victory against MK Dons. This se

Luke Varney scored a last-minute winner in last Saturday's 3-2 home victory against MK Dons. This season he has made four starts and 16 sub appearances. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says striker Luke Varney will be released at the end of the season, but that Kevin Foley may get a new deal.

Kevin Foley has made six starts and two sub appearances for Town.
Picture: Steve Waller

Kevin Foley has made six starts and two sub appearances for Town. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Both players signed short-term deals this term – Varney in December after recovering from a long-term Achilles injury he sustained during a successful loan spell at the back end of last season and Foley in February after impressing on trial.

Ex-Blackburn man Varney is 33 years old, while Foley – who was let go by Danish side FC Copenhagen last summer – is 31.

“I have spoken to Reg (Varney) today and told him we won’t be offering him anything,” said McCarthy, who has already confirmed that Jay Tabb will be released this summer and that defenders Piotr Malarczyk and Josh Yorwerth, as well as forgotten winger Cameron Stewart, are all available for transfer.

“He’s a top professional and a top person and I’d like to think we have both been good for each other. We looked after him when he snapped his Achilles and he has repaid us with his professionalism and what he has done on the pitch for us.

“We have four strikers though, Murph (Daryl Murphy), Didz (David McGoldrick), Freddie (Sears) and Brett Pitman and they have been in front of him because of injury and one reason and another.


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“With Foles, it’s an on-going discussion. He is versatile and would give us options but fundamentally he is a right-back. We have Josh (Emmanuel) coming through in that position and when we kick-off next season, the best right-back we have here will play.

“Foles will have other options as well. Most importantly, he will want to play regularly. He will sit down with his family and decide what’s best for him.”

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