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McCarthy Delighted to See "Excellent" Skuse Sign Deal
Friday, 9th Feb 2018 15:56

Boss Mick McCarthy was delighted to see Cole Skuse sign a new contract at Portman Road yesterday which will keep the midfielder at the club until the summer of 2020 with the Blues having an option to keep him for a further year.

“It is nice, for me, it is for the club and more importantly for Skusey,” he said. “He’s approaching 32, we’d got the option on him, of course, if the club wanted to keep him beyond this season.

“But it’s nice for him to get his future sorted out, where he’s going to be for the next two and a half years.

“It’s that bit of security for him and his wife and his kids and for the club actually because he’s been excellent. He’s been here coming up to five years and he’s pretty much been an ever-present. He’s a great example as well, on and off the pitch.

“And out in the community as well, just the type of bloke he is. Of course, the most important thing is always on the pitch, that 90 minutes.

“But I do think it’s important the type of people that you have in the place and he epitomises the type of people I would have always.”

Skuse has said he wants to get involved with coaching in the academy and McCarthy believes the Bristolian has an aptitude for that side of the game.

“He’s very considered in his approach to things, he’s very thorough, he’s very professional,” the Blues manager reflected.

“He understands the game. When you talk to him you get an opinion from him that I would value as well, not a yes or a no or a nod or unsure not wanting to talk to the boss.

“I’m sure he will and I hope it’s here because we’ve a lot of the ex-players here and he would be somebody that I’m sure will be of great use to the club, his longevity as a player and as a coach further down the line.”

McCarthy says Skuse is OK for Saturday’s match against Burton Albion at Portman Road, despite having been nursing an ankle problem in recent weeks.

“It’s not his fitness, but he gets clumped on that ankle every time,” he added. “You know how good he is at nicking things off people and, of course, they go to kick the ball, he’s nicked it and they kick his ankle, and he’s just had a few kicks on it. But he’s OK, he’s fit, he’s trained this week.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy says Bartosz Bialkowski is close to putting pen to paper on the contract he agreed last month.

“He’s going to sign that, there was nothing wrong with the contract, it was just getting it done and getting the agent down and signing it up,” he said.

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blueboy1981 added 16:28 - Feb 9
........ of course. Amazingly he has become a 'world class' player in the eyes of some - because messiah Mick says so.

Like I've said previously, the Club's fan base has changed beyond all recognition - never would what we see today have been acceptable in the past.

Only those who haven't /don't / didn't know better accept such turgid ongoing demise.

On another note - most forward thinking Clubs would have been talking / planning, or at least concerned -about the deterioration of our once beloved Portman Road pitch. Not a word from anywhere / anyone.

Finger on the button Gcon...... don't hit the wrong one by mistake ..!!

heathen66 added 16:44 - Feb 9
Of course it is excellent sorted it for him.
He is one very lucky man
I thought it was your passing shot as you have done with Chambers and Knudsen, but I am now wondering otherwise.

therein61 added 18:10 - Feb 9
Blind faith as with his other proper blokes who cost us points week in week out

Sheaver26 added 19:06 - Feb 9
I really hope that one day I might read some positive comments on this site. Such loyal and supportive fans we have.

Swn98 added 20:35 - Feb 9
Sheaver and pigs might fly!

blue75 added 21:59 - Feb 9
This is good news Skuse is underrated has a great passing range and given a manager that allows players to use those skills we might get to see more of the real Skuse, when he first arrived I liked what I saw a player that could pass the ball now look at him his biggest downfall is that he does extactly what his manager says.

franco added 11:31 - Feb 10
Skuse -bored
Chambers -bored
Mick /Terry -I’ve just had enough , that’s it I had it with Ipswich .

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