Town trio to be offered new deals

NEW deals are to be offered to a trio of out-of-contract Ipswich Town players at the end of the season.Fabian Wilnis, Jim Magilton and Richard Naylor are all very much part of Joe Royle's plans and he last night revealed all three will be asked to stay on.

NEW deals are to be offered to a trio of out-of-contract Ipswich Town players at the end of the season, writes Derek Davis.

Fabian Wilnis, Jim Magilton and Richard Naylor are all very much part of Joe Royle's plans and he last night revealed all three will be asked to stay on.

In separate interviews a fortnight ago Magilton and Wilnis told me they did not know what their future held, while Naylor has consistently made it clear by turning down a number of loan offers that he wants to stay at Portman Road.

Royle has acted promptly and decisively by promising to tempt them to continue with the Blues. He added: "All three still have a very important part to play at this club, no matter which division we are in."


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The terms of the new contracts will not be discussed until the end of the season for obvious reasons and all three will consider their own personal circumstances before making a decision in June or July.

Magilton and Wilnis were both handed free transfers by former manager George Burley, while Naylor was constantly being offered out on loan.

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Wilnis has been rejuvenated this season, especially since Royle's arrival, and made the right-back spot his own. He opened the scoring in the win at Norwich despite playing pumped with painkillers.

Magilton has been back to his majestic midfield pomp after working hard in pre-season and getting a clear run free of injuries to pull the strings. He found the net with a good goal against Reading days after a winning return to former club Sheffield Wednesday.

Naylor has reverted to a centre-back where he originally played as a teenager before converting to a forward. He showed he had not lost his knack of netting by nodding in a late equaliser at Wolves when he got on the end of a Martijn Reuser free-kick.

n Ipswich Town's young reserves will face the formidable experience of former England World Cup star Des Walker when they entertain Nottingham Forest at the Playford Road training centre this afternoon (2pm).

Speedy striker Jack Lester, who can't get a game at Forest due to the scorching form of the league's top scorer David Johnson, who has returned from a hamstring injury, is also expected to start along with the experienced Eoin Jess and Eugen Bopp.

Ipswich Town Reserves: Pullen, Mitchell, Boardley, Bloomfield, Collins, Hogg, Abidallah, Westlake, Morrow, Bowditch, Murray, Chaffey, Peat, Atay, Flack and Barron.

* Lee Beevers and Robert Dickinson will join Boston United on loan until the end of the season. Both players have already spent short spells at the Third Division club managed by former Ipswich Town favourite Neil Thompson.

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