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Spence Keen to Stay at Town
Monday, 8th May 2017 12:04

Defender Jordan Spence reiterated his desire to stay with Town following the 3-0 final-day defeat at Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

The 26-year-old joined the Blues on a short-term deal in January, having been on trial earlier in the season, and is out of contract in the summer with Forest and Bristol City also reported to be interested in signing him.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed it here," the former West Ham and MK Dons man told Ipswich Player HD.

"I would like to stay so hopefully everything can get resolved. As long as I'm wanted here I would like to stay here.”

Reflecting on the match, he added: "We controlled the game in the first half but gave away a soft goal in a really defendable situation.

"Then the second goal came so we started to chase the game and begun to look a bit disjointed. If you play as well as we did in the first half, you expect to come away with something so we're disappointed.

"They were far more clinical than us. While we were in the ascendancy we needed to take our chances so fair play to them for doing that. You could feel the nervousness at 0-0 and at 1-0 but unfortunately we couldn't capitalise.

"Because of the pitch invasion, it was disappointing not to be able to go over and thank the fans but it was great support.”

Manager Mick McCarthy says he is keen to sign Spence on a longer term deal and also to sign midfielder Emyr Huws, who has been on loan from Cardiff, on a permanent basis.

“We’re talking to both of them, both their agents,” he said. “You just don’t know, do you? We’ll wait and see but I’m hopeful we will.”

While McCarthy is keen to make early additions to his squad, he admits that it can take time to get deals done.

“It might have to be a patient, waiting game because players will have other options,” he added. “If the ones who we want we can get them done then I’d sooner have them done because it gives us all a lift.”

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hampstead_blue added 12:06 - May 8
I am sure he is keen to stay. We'd all like a good employer and working environment.
However, not everyone is good enough and he is one of them.

The stupid fouls he kept giving away were laughable.

Not one for me I'm afraid.

yungblue added 12:10 - May 8
Would be a fantastic signing. A couple of steps ahead of Emmanuel at the moment. A forward thinking player that would thrive under a forward thinking manager

12th_Man added 12:13 - May 8
Hope we sign him been impressed with him shame couldn't come over to us fans? Bart managed to

martin587 added 12:15 - May 8
Not sure about this one.Hasn't really let the team down as everybody has been poor this season mainly due to players out of position and poor tactics.
Would like to see us sign Huws though.👍

essextractorboy93 added 12:17 - May 8
Think we should sign him up before someone else does! Been pleasantly surprised with him.

iaintaylorx added 12:19 - May 8
Wouldn't be a bad signing at all. Was one of the few players to come out with any positives yesterday. Only thing is, I feel it will seriously prevent Emmanuel from pushing on. But, would be on low wages, so I say sign him up.

Echo what yungblue said though, would be better under a forward thinking manager and not one who sets up for 0-0!!

leahcar88 added 12:30 - May 8
Solid player, sign him up!

PSGBlue added 12:35 - May 8
I like the look of Spence and possibly the back four is already coming to together for next season.

Spence Chambers Webster/Smith Kenlock with Emmanuel, Knudson in the wings. Berra will be on his way, only made the team due to injuries.

Just hope MM, if he stays knocks the confidence out Kenlock, just like he has out of Sears, Bishop and Bru.

PSGBlue added 12:36 - May 8
"doesn't knock"

goat_man added 12:39 - May 8
Why would you want to stay here?

sticklegs added 12:52 - May 8
He certainly has been one of our better players over the last few months. Worth signing up I think....

hoppy added 12:55 - May 8
Definitely think he's worth signing up for longer, coming in when he did, he's done well. Get a good pre-season in, and I'm sure he will continue improving next year.

Michael11 added 13:13 - May 8
He's come in and not really put a foot wrong. Can't imagine he's on huge wages so it'd be a bit of a no brainer to keep him really. I really hope we can sign Huws permanently.

Bluebell added 13:13 - May 8
He has been really good for us and it has also meant that Chambers hasn't had to play on the right side. With Webster playing regularly again it would be interesting to see where he would play though.

Can Webster play left-centre back? With Berra probably going, that is the place we need to fill. There's always Tommy Smith who I would love to see getting regular games but with Spence, Chambers, Webster, Smith and Kenlock with Knudsen and Emmanuel too, we could be overrun with backs not getting games.

runningout added 13:34 - May 8
after sad season cannot see how we are so needy of any of our outfield players.. Also need fresh keeper to challenge Bart.. Maybe O'Donnell, who is at Rotherham

jalapenosteve added 13:44 - May 8
Whatever.... Yet more mediocraty.

NBVJohn added 13:52 - May 8
So after a poor season, MM is off on his hols - in essence I really don't have too much of a problem with this.
However, at a well run club, I would expect that at the very least there will be people working in the background on making sure that deals for players who have impressed whilst on loan as well as identified targets progress in his absence. In our case, I am expecting that either or both of Spence or Huws will be lost to a rival, as nothing will happen.
It's fine players wanting to come, but quite another to make it happen, and with any activity relating to business management at this club, I have my doubts.
As I understand it, the transfer window opens on 1 July, but May and June are big months at PR - in principle, as an absolute minimum we should be able to have these two deals ready to announce on 1 July as a statement of intent, and I challenge the club to do it.
As a supporter, I am also expecting, prior to 1 July to see an update around progress on our 5 point plan and for IM to set himself and MM some tangible targets to deliver 'further' progress as well as a statement around the key positions the club believes need to be strengthened in the close season,and the type of player they are looking to recruit.
As the last two (at the very least) transfer windows have only really served to significantly erode already fragile trust in the club from supporters, IM should see this as an opportunity to win back some confidence.
I completely understand that we cannot bid head to head with clubs with parachute payments, but I think we should also be told, when a bid is successfully or unsuccessfully concluded, how much the club offered. I remain cynical in this area- if a player is valued by a club at £5m and we bid £1m, we have no chance of recruiting this player. It does however give the club an opportunity to put out a vague statement to the effect that 'we made a 7 figure bid'. Nonsense.
Putting aside the arguments around whether MM should stay or go and transfer budgets, it's the lack of transparency and ridiculous spin of the last two transfer windows that annoys me most. Signing a player who cannot get into Forest Greens team and telling us it's progress (alongside a couple of loans) is insulting at best.
The club has lost a huge section of support from an already well documented financial perspective, which is hugely damaging. From a confidence perspective, supporter trust is at an all time low, and I see no acknowledgement of this from anyone in a senior position.
Putting this part of our many problems right can start today - who at the club will have the balls to address this?

timkatieadamitfc added 14:00 - May 8


ipswichtillidie added 14:02 - May 8
Not convinced he is good enough like some other posts suggest! People seem to want to hang on to a lot of the current squad that has got us where we are today! Don't quite get that.
Berra, Chambers, Skuse, Sears, plus all the obvious ones ALL not good enough for me. Bang average at best.

timkatieadamitfc added 14:10 - May 8
Don't think he has done much wrong in his time here and wouldn't mind if we signed him, but I think that would then hamper JE progression and not sure if this is the best option.
#yungblue agree with your comment but we have not got forward thinking manager - polar opposite in fact.
Got to partially agree with #goatman, he as been down marked but why with the dull boring negative tactics and hoofball we have had to endure this season would he? A fair point I think.

poldark added 14:12 - May 8
Totally agree ipswichtillidie nowhere near good enough that's why div 1 M K Dons let him go supporters on here seem to want to settle for average surely we should look to much better options.
I would think he would suit both McCarthy and Evans cheap and a yes man

OohOohSamassiAbou added 14:31 - May 8
I'd say he was worth the exSpence of keeping him here...

Now, where did I leave my coat...

brian_a_mul added 14:56 - May 8
I hope he can get a deal done with us. it would be a sign that wing backs will be prefered tactical option next season. Pacy wings backs are not that common.

Indirectly means Chambo days at RB are numbered :)

NBVJohn added 15:15 - May 8
Forgot to mention - in my opinion, Spence offers more experience than Emmanuel at present, and the plan should be that his signing offers a decent level of 'specialist' competition for the RB position, eliminating the need for Chambers to play there.

Other posters are right to say that he is average, but my view is that we have a potentially very good RB in the making with Emmanuel so provided we don't offer a kings ransom this is good business. All the more budget for a respectable replacement for Murphy.

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:27 - May 8
Decent WB as far as I can tel. Sign him up. With spence here it means Chambo is far more likely to play CB

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