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‘If I got a club tomorrow and needed a keeper I’d try and sign him’ - McCarthy on Bialkowski

PUBLISHED: 19:18 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 07:29 25 June 2018

Mick McCarthy says he would try and sign Bartosz Bialkowski if he got another club job. Pictures: STEVE WALLER

Mick McCarthy says he would try and sign Bartosz Bialkowski if he got another club job. Pictures: STEVE WALLER

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Former Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy believes the Blues may struggle to keep hold of star goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski and insists he would try and sign him in a heartbeat if he takes another job and is in need of a shot stopper.

Mick McCarthy is a big admirer of Bartosz Bialkowski. Picture: STEVE WALLERMick McCarthy is a big admirer of Bartosz Bialkowski. Picture: STEVE WALLER

McCarthy announced in January, amid interest from Premier League side Crystal Palace, that Bialkowski had agreed a new contract with the club but that deal still remains unsigned.

The Pole has a year to run on his current terms, after the Blues activated an option in his expiring contract, but has already been in contact with new manager Paul Hurst and says he is excited to be part of a new era at the club.

McCarthy remains out of work following his Ipswich departure and is on media duty for talkSPORT at the World Cup in Russia, but believes the Blues may have trouble keeping hold of Bialkowski now following his call-up for the tournament.

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“He was our player of the year at Ipswich three times – he really is a top keeper,” he said on talkSPORT.

“I’ve been banging on for Bart that he’s the best keeper in the league and I’m surprised that somebody hasn’t come into him before now. I thought somebody would.

“I think they may have a problem now keeping hold of him now he’s in the World Cup squad – if he gets on he’s certainly going to get a bit more exposure.

“He’s only got a year to run on his contract.

Bartosz Bialkowski is also at the World Cup with Poland.    Picture: STEVE WALLERBartosz Bialkowski is also at the World Cup with Poland. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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“He’s fabulous. If I got a club tomorrow and I needed a keeper then I would go and try and sign him.”

Bialkowski recently insisted he is parking all thoughts on his future until after the World Cup.

“Nothing has changed really,” he said of his contract situation.

“I’m away at the moment so I just want to concentrate on the World Cup and see what happens.

“When I come back I’m going to probably sit down and talk about it.”

Bialkowski was again an unused substitute for Poland this evening as his country lost 3-0 to Colombia in their second group game.

After they lost their opening game to Senegal, last night’s result eliminates Poland from the competition with one group game to play.

Poland end their campaign against Japan on Thursday.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

ANDY WARREN takes a look at the changes made by Paul Lambert since his appointment as Ipswich Town manager.

Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

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