‘Terrific passer’ Hughes signs pro deal with Ipswich Town

Tommy Hughes coming on as a substitute in the Ipswich Town v Gillingham EFL Trophy match. Picture

Tommy Hughes coming on as a substitute in the Ipswich Town v Gillingham EFL Trophy match. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town youngster Tommy Hughes will sign his first professional contract at the start of July.

The 19-year-old wide player has agreed a one-year deal, with Blues having the option of a 12 month extension next summer.

The homegrown youngster, who has progressed through the academy to become a regular in the Under 23s, has three first-team appearances to his name, having made his debut in the 4-0 win over Gillingham in the EFL Trophy in October.

Speaking following his debut, manager Paul Lambert said: “I put him in because he trained with us and he trained well, and I thought let’s go and see the kid play a bit of football,” Lambert said.

“He’s a terrific passer of the ball but don’t put any nonsense pressure on the kid, he’s only a kid, and he’s only been in briefly.

Tommy Hughes pictured during Town's 1-0 defeat to Colchester United in the EFL Trophy Photo: ROSS HA

Tommy Hughes pictured during Town's 1-0 defeat to Colchester United in the EFL Trophy Photo: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

“He’s a mile from it, but he’s somebody I thought could make a little impact on the first team in that particular game.”

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