Naylor ready to commit future

MULTI-talented Richard Naylor is ready to commit his future to Ipswich Town after holding contract talks with Blues boss Joe Royle last night.Naylor said that he is happy in principle with the new 12-month contract which has been offered to him but will spend the next week or so mulling things over before getting back to the club.

MULTI-talented Richard Naylor is ready to commit his future to Ipswich Town after holding contract talks with Blues boss Joe Royle last night.

Naylor said that he is happy in principle with the new 12-month contract which has been offered to him but will spend the next week or so mulling things over before getting back to the club.

Naylor follows Fabian Wilnis in giving a positive indication that he is willing to sign a new deal and Royle is now waiting to hear from Jim Magilton, the third out-of-contract player offered new terms.

Nicknamed Psycho by the fans, and Bam-Bam by his team-mates, the no-nonsense Naylor has been showing his softer side by taking his young family to Centre Parcs for their summer break.


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Naylor said: "I'm delighted to be offered something by the club and pleased I'm still wanted. I will weigh up my options over the next few days but I imagine I will make my decision by next week.

"I have always wanted to stay and my initial reaction is to say yes but I will chat to my advisors and mull things over.

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"I have enjoyed a new lease of life at the club under the new Gaffer and I'm enjoying the new position."

Naylor has been travelling into the club each day to have treatment on a bruised bone on a knee and has been working hard on his rehabilitation with swimming and running top of the agenda.

After marking his return with a superbly headed goal at Wolves after coming on as a substitute, Naylor was hurt in the win at Coventry City and missed the final four matches of the season.

He said: "It is a shame I missed the last few games with the injury but I'm looking forward to getting right and then having a good run next season. It will be great to get a pre-season under my belt and then be able to ease my way into the role as opposed to being chucked into the deep end as happened last season."

Naylor, who played a big part the last time Ipswich won promotion and scored in the Wembley play-off final, is keen to be involved as Ipswich are named favourites to go up this coming season.

He will also be looking to be fit and raring to go as Town start their pre-season schedule at Southend United on July 15.

The game at Colchester United has now been confirmed with the Blues travelling to Layer Road on Saturday, July 26, on their return from Scandinavia.

n DESPITE playing in the Nationwide League last season, 682,285 people watched Ipswich Town's last season with their average league attendance rising 4.2% on their relegation year in the Premiership. The top gate was 29,503 against Nottingham Forest, helping boost the average to 25,448, compared to 24,425 the season before.

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