New deals close for Hyam and Smith but McCarthy expects Jay Tabb to leave Ipswich Town

Luke Hyam at Burnley

Luke Hyam at Burnley

Mick McCarthy expects Tommy Smith and Luke Hyam to sign new deals following ‘positive’ discussions, but the Ipswich Town boss admitted Jay Tabb’s time at Portman Road is likely to be coming to an end.

Tommy Smith

Tommy Smith - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Smith and Hyam’s deals are up at the end of the season, with the club having an option for an extra year on both, with discussions underway for extensions on top of that.

McCarthy doesn’t expect there to be any problems in extending the homegrown duo’s time at Portman Road.

“We’re in discussions. I’ve started the ball rolling with Marcus and he’s talking with their agents,” he said.

“I’m sure we’ll come to an agreement because both of them are happy here.”

Jay Tabb

Jay Tabb - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown


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One player unlikely to be staying with the club beyond the end of the season is Jay Tabb, with the midfielder yet to make a league appearance for the Blues this season.

“There is every chance Tabby will move on in the summer but for now he’s still one of our players,” McCarthy said.

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“Tabby will know that, he’s not played many games this season, but when he first came here he was one of the reasons we stayed up. He added so much to us.

“I remember his debut at Peterborough, he was great, he’s just a little dynamo that keeps going. He’s well-loved and respected by all the fans for what he does.

“We’ll see, but he’ll probably be one that moves on.

“He’s uncomplicated, low-maintenance, a terrific guy and a really top, top pro.”

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