Edwards Targeting Two More Years Friday, 24th Feb 2012 07:00
Stand-in skipper Carlos Edwards is confident he could serve Ipswich for at least two more years after his current contract expires in the summer.
Edwards has already made it clear that because he and his family are settled in Suffolk he is keen to remain at Portman Road and would willingly consider a new deal on reduced terms.
He said: “I believe I have another couple of seasons in me. I look at Ryan Giggs, he is 38 and I don’t think my fitness level is any less than his. I am 33 and the body feels good.”
Edwards, who has scored six goals in 112 appearances since his arrival from Sunderland in August 2009, even believes his new role as team captain has benefited him.
He laughed: “I think the armband has some magical power because I feel more energetic. I am enjoying the responsibility of leading the team.
“I was genuinely surprised when [assistant manager] Chris Hutchings handed it to me about an hour before the kick-off at Portsmouth last week. He joked that it had been decided by the flick of a coin.
“I’ve tried not to let it change me. I am not becoming too eager just because I am captain. I am still calm, trying to do my business and perform as well as I can. I am voicing my opinion but all the players can do that and I think I have done a good job so far.”
Apart from the 1-0 win at Fratton Park, Edwards also skippered the side to a 3-0 home win over promotion-chasing Cardiff last Saturday so can boast a 100 per cent record and two clean sheets.
But Edwards is the first to acknowledge that things were already going well prior to him replacing crocked captain Ibrahima Sonko, who is now back in contention for tomorrow’s trip to Brighton.
He added: “We had won our previous two games and we now have four on the trot but none of us are getting too carried away by the form we are in at the moment.
“We have the quality going forward to punish opponents. We have shown we can score a few goals but as always we will be concentrating first and foremost on our defending and trying to keep another clean sheet.”
While a decent player would still like to see a good right back being brought in over the summer. Trouble is not sure if Edwards would be happy warming the bench because not sure where he would play if that happens.
Definitely deserves another contract. Have seen worse rb than him. He is full of energy still as well - proven by our second goal against Cardiff. Gets caught occasionally but his pace helps him to recover well
His fitness levels are superb for a player his age and I think he could be worth a 2 year deal IF he will take a substantial pay cut. He can't expect to be paid now what he was as a 30 year old coming from the Premier League, so it'll come down to the money I suspect.
tractorcam..spot on...and tillz9 ... thats not,,, we need a proper rb and being ok at times, is simply not ok, yes there are worse rb's , but thats hardly the attitude, when in the past he gets caught out, i have seen his midfield mind kick in and he expects the defence to cover him, only just for for a second he forgets he is the defence, happened far too often and it has pulled the defence out of shape. I am bored now of mid table mediocrity i want us to improve. I live with far too many scum fans surrounding me , but hats off to them and respect for what they have achieved , but they havent done it with square pegs in round holes. Would keep him for midfield back up though, dont expect he would want to warm the bench....coyb
It's a shame he's not on the lesser side of 30, as although he was a liability at times earlier in the season (but then so was most of our defence) he has grown into the RB role which is not his natural position but at 33 how long can he go on bombing up and down the wing? Havng said that 35 seems to be the heading over the hill age now instead of 30 and look at some of the older players still playing at the top level well into their mid to late 30's. It's quite possible that he could maintain his level of athetisism for another 3-5 years such is the level of fitness players have nowadays.
Not sure many will agree but for me Carlos has played his best football for us at full back. I was unimpressed with him at the start of his town career (although I reckon he would look better on the wing now than before).
But the reason he is so effective at full back is that he has a lot more space to run into, and with that comes momentum which is very good to have with him as he can just glide past players. On the wing he's always having to stop and maybe weave round someone which he is not as good at as say a player like JET is because of his trickery and exceptionally quick feet.
I'd be more than happy to give him a two deal (but its not my money), as despite the number on his birth certificate he has the energy, fitness and speed of someone ten years younger.
A fantastic athlete inspite of his age and he can play a bit too. I think we all know that being an attacking player for most of his career, he has his short-comings at right back. He has improved in his new role though and his pace often patches over the cracks in his positional sense.
Well worth a place in the squad if we can agree something on the right money.