‘Lads go out on loan for a reason... they’re certainly not forgotten about’ - Ipswich loanees to return for a fresh start
PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:16 25 April 2019
Ipswich Town’s returning loanees will all be given a fresh start when they report for pre-season training this summer.
Luke Woolfenden (Swindon), Danny Rowe, Jordan Roberts (both Lincoln), Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) and Aaron Drinan (Waterford) are all currently plying their trade away from Portman Road, with all five expected to return this summer.
Rowe has played a big role in Lincoln's League Two title win, Donacien has been a regular in Stanley's fight against relegation, Woolfenden has been a stand-out performer for Swindon and Drinan has netted five goals in nine starts for his League of Ireland side.
Ipswich assistant Stuart Taylor insisted the club's staff have kept a firm eye on how their players are performing away from Suffolk and will reassess their role in the Town squad this summer.
“I spoke with Danny Rowe last week and Jordan Roberts a couple of weeks before that,” Taylor said.
“Danny's done great since he's been out there and Aaron's done well over in Ireland as well. There was a possibility of Aaron playing some European games but I think something's happened over there with Waterford.
“When lads go out on loan they go out on loan for a reason and they're certainly not forgotten about.
“Even with Janoi as well we've been watching his games and they're all still our players, all part of what we want to do as a football club.
“We'll then reassess in the pre-season when they come back and it's a new start for everybody.
“There's no point having players on the bench here or not involved when they can go out and get games.”
WHAT THEY SAID
Danny Rowe - Lincoln City
“This is a team and a manager that want to win all the time and I think that's important because as a player you need to win things,” he told BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Hope and Glory podcast.
“It was a good opportunity for me and I've come here and we've won the league, I'm delighted.
“It's never a nice thing to see your club get relegated, especially as I'm close to a lot of the lads there.
“It was always going to be a challenge for the boys after the start they had. I thought when the manager [Paul Lambert] came in he turned it around, they were playing good football, it just didn't go for them.
“It's disappointing but obviously on a personal point when you go it's a selfish game and you've got to go and do well and thankfully I've come here I've done well and I've enjoyed my time here and we've won the league.
“From what I'm hearing I think Ipswich might want me back in the summer,” he added.
“Obviously, I love playing here, I get on well with all the boys and there's a great manager so obviously I would be open to coming back here depending on what football I'd be guaranteed elsewhere.
“For me I'd love to be back here, but we'll have to see what happens.”
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Luke Woolfenden - Swindon Town
“To be honest I don't think it could have gone much better than it has,” he said.
“We've changed manager at Swindon this season, which was a new experience for me, and since the new gaffer has come in we've been a bit more consistent and we're in with a shout of the play-offs.
“He likes to play out from the back, which suits the way I play, but there are also some big boys playing up front in this division which I think I've been able to handle well as well.”
Janoi Donacien - Accrington Stanley
“I truly hope that's what the case will be (that he returns to Ipswich) but, right now, I haven't spoken to the gaffer,” Donacien said.
“The club have more pressing things going on at the moment, like staying in the league – which I hope they do.
“I hope to have a conversation with the gaffer soon and see what his plans are for me.
“I want to be playing at Ipswich. The club have signed me and I want to be playing there.
“I just want to play. If the gaffer wants me to play centre-back then I'll do that. If he wants me at right-back then I'll be there.
“I want to be back with the boys playing games for Ipswich.”
Aaron Drinan - Waterford
“When Mick (McCarthy) left I wasn't really much around the first team squad,” he told the Irish Sun.
“Even though I was still scoring over there it was a bit of a tough time. All that matters is first team experience rather than scoring for the 23s, so coming back for half a season here definitely benefits me more.
“It gives something for the gaffer to think about if I'm scoring over here because obviously they've got relegated. It will be good if I keep the run going.”