Royle disappointed with Makin exit

CHRIS Makin has scored an own goal by signing a one-year deal with Leicester City, according to Blues boss Joe Royle, writes Derek Davis.Makin would have been handed a two-year contract by Ipswich at the end of August once he had shown he had no reaction from hip surgery carried out earlier this year.

CHRIS Makin has scored an own goal by signing a one-year deal with Leicester City, according to Blues boss Joe Royle, writes Derek Davis.

Makin would have been handed a two-year contract by Ipswich at the end of August once he had shown he had no reaction from hip surgery carried out earlier this year.

The full-back, who started his career under Royle at Oldham Athletic, penned the deal with the Foxes after playing for them for a month while being paid by Ipswich, which is the norm when a player's contract expires at the end of June.

Royle was disappointed when Makin did not show up for training on July 1 and has not heard from him since.


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The Town manager said: "I'm not surprised Chris has signed for Leicester but it is only a one-year deal. If he had stayed with us then once he had shown he was fully fit at the end of the two months which we had offered then we would have been talking about a two-year deal at least.

"But that is Chris' choice. I feel he has been badly advised but he is old enough and experienced enough to make his own mind up."

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Royle is still hopeful of bringing in a new full-back, most probably on a season-long loan, with Arsenal youngster Justin Hoyte one option.

Whoever it is will most likely not be at Portman Road in time for Town's final warm-up friendly of the pre-season with Spanish La Liga side Osasuna, who were close to winning a UEFA Cup spot until a dreadful late run. With new signing Savo Milosevic and the likes of John Aloisi and ex-Everton striker Ibrahima Bakayoko in attack, they should provide a stern test for Town.

The Blues could be without Ian Westlake, who had wisdom teeth removed on Thursday night, while skipper Jim Magilton has a slight thigh problem and Matt Richards a gashed foot, although both are expected to be involved.

Tickets for Monday night's game are on sale at a cut-price £12, £8 and £1 from the ticket office and cash turnstiles will be open on the night.

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