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Skuse Signs New Deal
Thursday, 8th Feb 2018 16:38

Midfielder Cole Skuse has signed a new contract which will keep him at Portman Road until the end of June 2020 with the club having an option for a further season.

The 31-year-old’s current terms were up in the summer, although with a similar option also having been included in that deal.


“I’m delighted to have got it done,” Skuse told iFollow Ipswich. “I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been thinking about it because I’ve got a family to look after. I’ve got kids at school and things like that. 


“I’m not one to be badgering the hierarchy at the club and the manager though. I have just got my head down and concentrated on my football and it’s that that reflects on a deal being done really.”



Looking further ahead, the Bristolian says he plans to get involved in youth coaching at Playford Road.

“Things can change in football but if I could finish my career here and then go down a different path of working at the club, maybe as a coach that would be great,” he added.



“I have spoken to Bryan Klug and he said they’d love for me to do some work with the academy. So if that is a route I go down, I’d love to do that here.”

Skuse has made 194 starts and one sub appearances for the Blues, scoring two goals, having signed on a free transfer from hometown club Bristol City in the summer of 2013.

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StowTractorBoy added 16:42 - Feb 8
Excellent news although some on here will not be impressed. He is in my opinion the best holding player we have and when he does not play we miss him. Does this mean MM is staying ?
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Bluebell added 16:43 - Feb 8
Strange that Skuse has been given a longer contract but nothing has been said about McGoldrick. We should get a lot more money for Didzy were he to leave in the summer if he had signed for longer.

The only thing I can think is that Didz has got something in the pipeline for the end of the season and won't sign one.

I am pleased to see Skuse staying. Does this mean Mick is staying too as another manager might not feel the same about him?
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Smithy added 16:44 - Feb 8
Skuse said in his interview, a new manager in the summer could change things, so he probably doesn't know either.
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Lightningboy added 16:49 - Feb 8
Jeeez..was hoping McCarthy would take him with him.

I know some love him but he’s a big part of the reason why we are stuck in mid table and why our football has become so turgid over the last few years.

Nowhere near good enough/adventurous enough/creative enough.

Got a horrible feeling McCarthy will stay for another 2 years too.

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Nazemariner added 16:56 - Feb 8
He must of heard that Mick is off tut Barnsley
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franco added 17:05 - Feb 8
Bored !!!!
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OohOohSamassiAbou added 17:14 - Feb 8
Good news. IMO Skuse is a good player who does his job well, I think the problem is who he's paired alongside in the middle. If any of Bishop/Adeyemi/Huws had played more this season I think our midfield would've had a much better balance to it.

2 goals in 194 games is still a shocking return for a CM though.
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jimbo67 added 17:20 - Feb 8
I think this is a very good extension Cole is extremely good at the job he does for the team also a great interceptor of the ball we all know he's not going to get forward and score you 10 goals season but there is so many childish people on here that really should keep there commects to there self as there knowledge of football is about as big as a pea
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Guthrum added 17:21 - Feb 8
Good news, especially if he's going into coaching as well.
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Mark added 17:23 - Feb 8
Good news, I think Cole deserves it. He has been the best player in the defensive midfield role and it is not his fault he was paired with the likes of Douglas and Hyam in the past. Connolly has been a much better partner of late due to his forward runs and goals, although he is only on loan of course.
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dirtydingusmagee added 17:28 - Feb 8
I think Skuse is treated a bit harshly by fans at times , still a bit surprised by the contract though UNLESS ,the ''special one'' is staying , which is more worrying .
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SheptonMalletBlue added 17:30 - Feb 8
Oh dear!
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jutever added 17:32 - Feb 8
Every quality team has the Water Carrier - Good news and well deserved. COYB's
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dukey44 added 17:38 - Feb 8
Hahahaha terrible player oooops my opinion think he’s terrible and he certainly proved that against such a poor team like Sunderland did he even touch the ball in that game? Sad day hey hoe
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jas0999 added 17:39 - Feb 8
Surprised he has a longer term deal. Still decent, but gradually his form has decreased since the play off season. Can do a job still but injury record also not as good. If a new manager was coming in I’d be surprised if Skuse would be a natural selection.
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TimmyH added 17:42 - Feb 8
If and it's a big if McCarthy stays he'll be almost guaranteed a start for the next season, Skuse does the basics ok but in my mind hasn't got the range of passing to create anything. We need a holding midfielder in our squad to start pressuring him for his place, maybe Flynn Downes?
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baxter7 added 17:48 - Feb 8
Fantastic news the worse player ever to put a town shirt on here for another 2 years and maybe longer well done Evans
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Chicago_Blue added 17:49 - Feb 8
Meh.
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1966 added 17:53 - Feb 8
Can I Renew My Season Ticket Now!! , I'm So Excited . (Yawn )
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cat added 18:08 - Feb 8
Not good if you want to see a more entertaining brand of football at PR. Skuse goes hand in hand with McCarthy philosophy of playing the game the ‘wrong’ way, but that’s it for me.
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Orraman added 18:12 - Feb 8
Absolutely brilliant news. Read a couple of weeks ago that he has the highest pass interception rate for any player in any major European league. May not be that great at forward passing although that has improved since being freed from looking after Douglas, but just watch how many opposition attacks he breaks up. His last 2 injuries have been caused by him putting his body where it shouldn't have been for the sake of the team. Top, top man.
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Daleyitfc added 18:13 - Feb 8
I'm surprised it's not 10 years : it would take him that long to contribute anything positive to the team. He is McCarthy's man on the pitch, ensuring that any attempt to play attacking football is stifled at birth. Awful.
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SouperJim added 18:23 - Feb 8
Skuse is a very good player at this level, in terms of he does what he does very well. He can't be blamed for the fact that Mick has often chosen to play him alongside a second holding player, that is the reason our midfield is so turgid. If you need a holding player you won't find too many better at this level. He's a good leader and a model pro too, pleased we've got him signed up. I just hope we have a new manager next season who will play some more forward-thinking midfielders alongside him.
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blueboy1981 added 18:24 - Feb 8
......... amazing how 'world class' Shuse has suddenly become - amongst some.

But I'm not surprised to be honest, the fan base has changed - far too many expect small returns from the Club these days.

Not a shadow of it's former self - absolute fact.
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blueboy1981 added 18:27 - Feb 8
........ look backward to another two years (or more) of McCarthy.
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