McCarthy and Tabb Keen to Do Deal Monday, 22nd Apr 2013 12:28
Blues boss Mick McCarthy says he’d like to sign loan midfielder Jay Tabb on a permanent basis in the summer. The 29-year-old, who netted Town’s goal during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, is out of contract at soon-to-be-relegated Reading and says he’d be keen to stay on at Portman Road.
McCarthy told Radio Suffolk that he’s already spoken to the former Brentford and Coventry man about joining the Blues permanently in the summer: “I’m delighted [with him], he’s been a really good acquisition for us and I know he’s on a free, and I’d like to sign him. I’ve told him that. He’s really added something to us.”
Tabb himself doesn’t expect to be offered new terms by the Royals, despite the change of management since he joined the Blues on loan: “I don’t think they probably want me there, so I’ll assess the situation in the summer.
“This is a great club and I’d like to think I could probably end up here, but as a player you’ve always got to look at what’s on the table. But this would be a great option and if I’m an Ipswich player I’d be very happy.”
He says he’s enjoyed his spell: “I’ve had a great time here, the club are first class in the way they look after you, they put me in the hotel down on the harbour, which is really nice.
“It’s a nice training ground, really nice stadium, the fans are good, the manager, the players, everything’s good, so if I’m offered a contract then I don’t see why I wouldn’t stay here, it would have to take something special for me not to.”
Get the contract offer to him now and make it difficult for him not to agree ! Well worth a good offer as he has given us more in his loan spell than Martin has in all of his time here ! With him and Woody in the middle next year we will not miss Martin except for his ability to collect red cards .
"Top facilites", as 'arry would say. "Top, top faclities". Where would we be without them?
This is terrific news. Tabb isn't just a great team player, he is a great squad player, and will play a huge role when the game come thick and fast next season. I really hope that we can do a deal to keep him here for two or three years.
If there was - say - a 30% of us being relegated, I'd agree that it's premature, but sometimes you have to take a calculated risk. I reckon it's about a 1 in 8000 chance that we'll need an extra point, so a good time to open discussions - it wouldn't be sensible to miss out on important foundations of next year's team in the face of such an unlikely event.
Hopefully we will sign him ,he has done well,Ndaw was doing well till off the pitch matters took over,It must be very hard for him to focus on playing football with all that going on in the back of his mind
When we played Wednesday at home it was like men against boys as the team Hutchings put out was the smallest(in stature)could remember. These days however regularly put out teams with 7 or 8 players at 6 foot or more;so a little un is fine,must remember that Messi is in this category,not that I think Jay Tabb is quite in his league.
..... as always in today's game - more often than not words are cheap and hollow - will yet again all come down to 'the offer' in terms of MONEY. My hunch is he will go to someone who offers him more - not holding my breath on a permanent signing with this one - unless no other interest of course !!
this would be a good signing ,i think Mick is the sort of manager that players would want to play for and i think we will go into next season with a decent team,hopefully we wont need to be reliant on loan players and all the uncertainty that they bring. Shouldnt wish time away but im looking forward to next season and fresh start under Mick .