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Bowyer Released
Bowyer Released
Thursday, 26th Apr 2012 13:18

Town boss Paul Jewell has revealed that midfielder Lee Bowyer will not be offered a new contract with the Blues. The 35-year-old former Leeds man joined Town on a free transfer from Birmingham last summer.

Jewell said: “We’re not offering Lee Bowyer a contract. I’ve spoken with him at length over the last couple of weeks.

“He’s a terrific lad, a terrific pro, he’s been really good around the place. He’s good with the young players and I think he’s got a good career ahead of him coaching, but he wants to continue playing and I don’t think there’ll be a shortage of takers for him.

“He goes with our best wishes and, as I say, I think he’ll have a good career as a coach because he’s got terrific knowledge and he’s really good character, good for the young players."

The Blues boss admits that that that might surprise a few people: “I have to say you have these perceptions of people before you meet them and I wouldn’t have had him down as being like that, but he’s been terrific.

“He’s a winner. Everything he does he wants to win and he’s a good role model for young players. But he wants to continue playing and we just feel that maybe we’re going to go down a younger route.”

The Town boss says there have been no new firm developments on any of the other players who are out of contract at the end of the season.

Bowyer made 24 starts and five sub appearances for the Blues, scoring twice, including the last-minute winner against his former side West Ham at Upton Park.

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fwisablue added 13:21 - Apr 26
Thanks Lee, but too old for us now.

itfc1981 added 13:23 - Apr 26
Thank Christ.

Tiggs added 13:23 - Apr 26

blueoff added 13:25 - Apr 26
Thanks for scoring at wet sham, but thats the only memorable thing you did all season, bye then.

DitchMavray added 13:25 - Apr 26
When is the TWTD open-top bus tour...?

Surco72 added 13:26 - Apr 26
I thought was worth a gamble last summer ,but has not worked ,maybe time to hang up the boots Lee . Thanks anyway

AlanMahon2011 added 13:26 - Apr 26
Praise the lord!! Get the champagne out Jewell!

BlueBadger added 13:26 - Apr 26
Too old, too, too injured, too ineffective, too much of a racist sumbag. Don't let the door hit you on the arse Lee.

menacinho added 13:28 - Apr 26
When we signed him I was quite pleased as I thought he would make a positive contribution.

However, the goal at West Ham aside, he has done little of note and looks past his best. Hopefully this will allow players like Hyam to get a better chance of playing.

itfc1981 added 13:31 - Apr 26
Now give yourself a free.

Warkys_Tash added 13:31 - Apr 26
Thanks for the winner at West Ham Lee, all the best.

walberswick added 13:32 - Apr 26
"he’s really good character"

Keanos_Barmy added 13:33 - Apr 26

Lightningboy added 13:33 - Apr 26
Good grief,a sensible decision coming out of Portman Road for once.

Thanks Lee but we need better.

walberswick added 13:34 - Apr 26
"he’s a good role model for young players" Really, Paul?

tractorboy2434 added 13:37 - Apr 26
There is a god after all, at last a sensible decision,perhaps he could take Ellington with him, oh and while you're at it Jewell you can go as well, then things would be looking up !

afrodids added 13:38 - Apr 26
Thank god for that!!!

MichaelRockyLavelle added 13:38 - Apr 26
*That that that

cornishnick added 13:42 - Apr 26
What about Leadbitter? That deadline's working well then

planetblue_2011 added 13:47 - Apr 26
Blimey Pj u have got rid of an old timer.
Well done for the winner against westham Lee but that was about all you done my son.

SouperJim added 13:47 - Apr 26
Fantastic news!

DiamondGezzer added 13:50 - Apr 26
" Been " a good player being the operative word - sadly.

DietmarVanNostrilBoy added 13:51 - Apr 26
So why have we been playing him ahead of Hyam??

AlanMahon2011 added 13:58 - Apr 26
How many of PJ's signings are left? Incapable again Jewell

TractorJed added 14:03 - Apr 26
Would have liked to have said thank you, but not sure what for............

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