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Carson Can Move On
Friday, 2nd Aug 2013 06:02

Manager Mick McCarthy says Northern Irish midfielder Josh Carson can join Bristol City if they want him. The 20-year-old, whose contract is up at the end of the season, is currently on trial with the League One club.

McCarthy said: “He’s just training with them. Obviously, they’re having a look at him, seeing whether they fancy him and I would let him go.

“He’s not going to get in the first team, he’s not going to get in that squad of 20 [outfield players], so if he’s not Josh needs to go and play some football. He’s been here too long just being on the fringes, he has to play.”

Former striker Alan Lee netted the winner for Town’s U21s in a 1-0 victory over Colchester on Tuesday but McCarthy says there are no new developments regarding the Irishman, who is primarily at the club to coach in the academy: “Al’s been fine.

“I invited him to come and train, he’s really good with the kids around the place and I thought he was great in the game for 45 minutes, but nothing else is happening. Whether it does, I don’t know.”

Other than the possible registration of Lee as a back-up striker, the Blues boss says he’s not looking at making any further additions to his squad: “That’s us, we’ll have a squad of 22.

“You could add Jack Doherty to that but he’s not one for now straight away and he rocked his ankle as well, so he’s not available anyway. We’d have 22, 20 outfield and two goalkeepers, plus the back-up of Michael Crowe.”

Overall, he says he’s very pleased with the squad he has assembled: “I’m delighted with the business that we’ve done. I’m not going to say anything other than that if I wasn’t, am I?

“I really am pleased, they’re all good characters, good professionals, look after themselves and look after one another, which has been nice.

“The ones that have come in have been taken under the wing of some of the others and when we’ve had a weekend off and somebody’s had a barbecue, the lads have been invited or they’ve taken them out. That’s nice that, they’re a good bunch.”

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andys_legg added 06:18 - Aug 2
Super super Mick super super Mick super super Mick super Mick McCarthy!!!!!!

irishtim added 06:49 - Aug 2
Best of luck to josh. Where did it all go pear shaped for him?

stevelincsexile added 06:54 - Aug 2
Good luck josh its always sad when someone initially with so much potential moves on.

TractorCam added 07:09 - Aug 2
Another honest statement by Mick, couldn't agree with him more. Best of luck to Josh.

mow_the_lawn added 08:13 - Aug 2
It's clear Carson has the potential, just not the attitude/work ethic to match it and you need both to make it big.

sucrePB1 added 08:20 - Aug 2
hahahahahah killed him

ThatMuhrenCross added 09:12 - Aug 2
Thanks Bristol City for taking our lazy players off our hands!

Scuzzer added 10:08 - Aug 2
Josh had great potential...but then didn't realise that potential. Really hope a move will kickstart his career again. I love the words that Mick has said here...I believe team spirit and forging an identity as a group of players is essential to having success on the field. This is why I am so hopeful for this season to come.

shefkuqi32 added 10:39 - Aug 2
Shame it never happened for him, always thought he looked a talented player but he's just hasn't developed any further in the last 4 years (similar to Bowditch). Good luck to him though he's obviously a good footballer just not at ipswich's level at the moment.

Michael11 added 11:17 - Aug 2
It seems like we have a really good team spirit. That alone can get you a long way, the scum weren't technically brilliant but they all worked hard for each other. It's clear to see we have good characters and no bad apples now!

Tractorog added 11:41 - Aug 2
Bye Josh, good luck at Bristol.

jas0999 added 11:47 - Aug 2
We have an excellent manager in MM.

fussysnake added 13:31 - Aug 2
waste of talent!

smitherenes123 added 15:58 - Aug 2

Wise up with your silly remarks !!!

ViperFm123 added 17:57 - Aug 2
It's clear he has the potential, I'm afraid he isn't quite good enough for us at this moment in time. I remember his debut against Bristol ( I think) and he got two goals, and we all thought he was the next big thing. Good Luck!

Sturmerblue added 18:21 - Aug 2
Good luck Josh, sure if you train hard you will fullfil your potential.

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