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Town Eyeing Tunnicliffe Return
Saturday, 17th Jun 2017 10:31

TWTD understands that Town are weighing up a move for former loanee Ryan Tunnicliffe, who is a free agent following his release by Fulham.

A number of other clubs are also eyeing the one-time Manchester United trainee with Scottish giants Rangers having been linked along with Town, Reading, Huddersfield, Brentford, QPR, Cardiff and Nottingham Forest in March.

The 24-year-old previously spent time on loan with the Blues in the first half of the 2013/14 season when with the Red Devils, making 24 starts and five sub appearances without scoring.

The Heywood-born midfielder, who we understand would be keen on a permanent move to the Blues having enjoyed his time at Portman Road, was due to stay with Town for the whole season but was sold to Fulham in the January window.

Tunnicliffe’s last game for the Cottagers was in October last year and he joined Wigan for his second loan spell with the Latics in January, making eight starts and two sub appearances, scoring once.

When with United - for whom he made only two League Cup sub appearances - the former England U16 and U17 international was also on loan at Peterborough and Barnsley, while his first stint with Wigan came at the end of 2013/14 shortly after joining Fulham and he spent the first half of the following campaign at Blackburn.

Town boss Mick McCarthy will be looking to add to his experienced central midfield options over the summer - last season's loan star Emyr Huws is also a target - with Jonathan Douglas having been released and Kevin Bru expected to return to France after being told he can find another club.

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brendanh added 10:33 - Jun 17
Bit of an elephant touch if I recall. Better age now though.

jas0999 added 10:36 - Jun 17
Was not overly impressed with his loan spell. Decent player. Right age.

Michael11 added 10:37 - Jun 17
No thanks. Didn't rate him last time he was here. Another plodder in midfield with a lack of quality.

Terry_Nutkins added 10:40 - Jun 17
Id be happy with this. Solid addition and upgrade on Bru and Douglas in my opinion. We've got Celina added for creativity and this would be more of a combative addition. Good age and free. One more creative type would be good and another striker and it will be a good pre-season. I think we'll add Taylor and one more more defender as well.

ArnieM added 10:44 - Jun 17
This must mean Huws is staying at Cardiff then. Can't say I'm that enthralled with Tunnicliffe. Didnt impress me that much from memory

Count_Arthur added 10:47 - Jun 17
No thanks. He had the chance to sign for us before and turned us down for "bigger and better things". Would much rather give some of our up and coming youngsters a chance. As per the plan. Oh, like Patterson who's being capped later this afternoon!

yungblue added 10:50 - Jun 17
Don't think tunicliffe is a bad player, but he isn't anywhere near the same level as emyr huws. Huws has to be signed!!!!

jpring89 added 10:57 - Jun 17
If he replaces Douglas then im ok with that still young not sure he would be a starter though would like to think we could do a bit better. Wouldnt be the worst signing.

OldClactonBlue added 11:04 - Jun 17
Terry Nutkins, all midfielders should offer something creatively

fergalsharkey added 11:08 - Jun 17
More old plod midfield chaff

fez added 11:12 - Jun 17
ben pearson preston

hadleighboyblue added 11:22 - Jun 17
not very impressed when he was here before , not sure he offers goals .............Huws would be a much better option

LimitlessBlue added 11:26 - Jun 17
it's a no from me.

blues1 added 11:45 - Jun 17
A bit unsure of this one tbh. While he never set the world alight when on loan he certainly not the worst player I've ever seen. And no count Arthur, he didn't turn us down to go elsewhere. He was sold by his club, to Fulham half way through his season long loan here.

TimmyH added 11:47 - Jun 17
As a few others have said didn't rate him when he was here before so why are we looking at him again?

itfcbam added 11:49 - Jun 17
Think we all agree Huws would be the better option but wages will be the stumbling block for a longer term deal. Remember he is at a club benefitting from sign8ficant parachute payments and therefore can afford much bigger wages.

phillo added 11:51 - Jun 17
My big worry with this type of signing is how it affects the opportunities for our youngsters.
Decent player, more experience than last time, probably a good squad player ..... but a marquee, exciting, aimed on starter signing ? Not sure about that.
Therefore will only "block" our own home grown, young players chances of developing in my opinion & as a club with "financial constraints" surely in the long run that's where our success will come from rather than loanees, freebies & non league punts (you don't get too many Mings' over a 10 year period I am afraid !!)
I get the argument that they "aren't ready" and they aren't likely to be as consistent as a 24 year old with experience .... but if they do not get chances how are they supposed to develop that experience/consistency?
All in all thanks Ryan, no reflection on you but rather see our youngsters developed even if it means we struggle a bit at times.

Jimmy86 added 11:54 - Jun 17
That's a NO from me I'm afraid. The fact he was played out of position, wide left, due to his work rate, instead of in his preferred central role said it all for me. Just another hard worker in midfield, who didn't find the back of the net.

runningout added 11:54 - Jun 17
Huws not did it for me. Apparently new signings have been excited with brief of up coming plans. Yet to know why

muccletonjoe added 11:56 - Jun 17
Its a no from me

StowTractorBoy added 12:11 - Jun 17
Not good enough to improve squad. Get Huws and be done with this one.

happybeingblue added 12:19 - Jun 17
fulham have released him as they play pass and move football hence he aint getting a look in, should fit into our slow plodding bore them to death style though cant wait :(

Mark added 12:22 - Jun 17
I wasn't impressed when he was here on loan and he doesn't seem to have convinced another Championship club since that he is worth keeping. He may be an upgrade on Douglas and Bru, that is true. I note Tunnicliffe has only scored 3 goals in his league career however, so that is a negative for me. We need goals from midfield, but if we pair Tunnicliffe and Skuse together I don't see them scoring many or any.

cranky_old_tractor added 12:22 - Jun 17
Not bothered. What about Huws? Lets not forget our youngsters too

howdonblue added 12:29 - Jun 17
Absolutely no!


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