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Carson Trained With Cobblers
Tuesday, 29th Jan 2013 10:42

Midfielder Josh Carson spent Friday and Saturday training with League Two Northampton, but we understand he is still to hear whether he impressed manager Aidy Boothroyd. The Cobblers are one of a number of clubs interested in taking the Northern Ireland international on loan.

Last week, Blues boss Mick McCarthy said Carson would benefit from a spell away from Portman Road: “A few would like to have Josh Carson on loan and that would be something I would be open to.

“I think he needs to go and play some football. He’s just a young lad learning his trade and travelling with us and training with us is not good enough for him, he needs to play. So that might happen.”

The 19-year-old, who played in central midfield for the U21s at Brighton last night, a role he regularly filled when in the academy, is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2014.

Another player who could move out on loan before the transfer window closes is right-back Jack Ainsley, who recently travelled to Preston to train with the League One side but was with the Lancastrians only very briefly as they instead added Leeds full-back Paul Connolly to their squad on loan.

We understand Ainsley was close to joining Capital One Cup finalists Bradford earlier in the season but the move was halted when the change of manager took place at Portman Road with new boss Mick McCarthy keen to look at all the players at his disposal.

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kerryblue added 10:52 - Jan 29
Josh has been a massive let down with both his play and his attitude,seems to be anouther one to 'fall in with the wrong crowed'
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Keaneish added 10:55 - Jan 29
Impress Bothroyd? Surely that's a case of, kick as far as you can up the pitch and if you make 100 yards you're in!?
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arc added 11:00 - Jan 29
Oh, yes, Jack Ainsley. I'd forgotten about him.
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hancockingoal added 11:31 - Jan 29
I can't understand why Ainsley hasnt been give his chance at full back? He had a mom performance against Huddersfield earlier and on that showing alone deserves a second go!
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Urchin added 11:31 - Jan 29
Sooner or later he's got to impres someone. Personally i dont rate him at all, always appeared to mimic a headless chicken.
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cornishnick added 11:33 - Jan 29
Perhaps rather than training with the cobblers, he should start training AS a cobbler
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AbujaBlue added 11:56 - Jan 29
It's unfair to say he was a let down, people can't just expect someone of his age to be an instant success playing for a struggling Championship club. Expectations by some on here were far too unrealistic, almost seeing him as an answer to all our midfield problems in the early part of the season.

A loan move to the Cobblers would be a good move - see how he plays with them and MM can make an assessment in the Summer.
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Micknosehowtodoit added 12:20 - Jan 29
Abu, doesnt it tell you alot that he's been on trial before a loan, and they still havent taken him?
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MathieandMarshall added 12:31 - Jan 29
looked decent when first burst into the first team but never produced anything since. recall him coming back to pre-season that first summer out of shape and dropping down the pecking order. sadly looks like a case of thinking he'd "made it" too soon.
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irishtim added 13:09 - Jan 29
Reckon Josh is throwing his career away. I thought at first he was going to be a good player but seems to have lost his way. Maybe a move will ignite him once again.
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Mark added 13:13 - Jan 29
I remember Carson outshining Wickham, in Jewell's first few months I believe it was. He looked a real handful and scored a few goals that season. The next two seasons though he has looked so poor that he won't even make it as a professional. I think Jewell said Carson returned unfit in the summer, and that seems to me like throwing away a golden career.
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FenboyBlue added 13:30 - Jan 29
I'm still perplexed at Carson's progress. It seems like he's following the same path as Ian Westlake but in a 5th of the time.
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jas0999 added 13:44 - Jan 29
Carson has been disappointing. Shame.
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floridaboy added 13:58 - Jan 29
If he cannot get a loan to Northampton after a trial then what chance has he of progress at PR. Couple of games for Northern Ireland and he thinks he is a world beater.

The club gave him a 3 year deal not so long ago and he has gone backwards very rapidly.

Time to move him on I think. Maybe Chelmsford could give him a trial!!!!
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Sibelius8 added 13:58 - Jan 29
AbujaBlue is talking sense here. Any promising youngster's progress is bound to be erratic - sometimes playing impressively but occasionally being disappointing on the pitch. It sounds to me that, overall, MM is managing his young players well.

Micknosehowtodoit: It is common practice for players to have a trial, at the very least a training session, before they sign on any dotted line. No manager will sign a player that does not live up to his expectations.

Carson has the talent. Has he the application? We will soon know.
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runningout added 15:22 - Jan 29
Cobblers on the way up.. Scott Carson will do well to get in the side at the mo.. will do him the world of good if he goes there on loan
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