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Sears May Consider Move to Play More Games
Thursday, 8th Mar 2018 16:43

Freddie Sears admits he could be forced to consider his Portman Road future in the close season if his frustration at not playing regularly continues through to the end of the current campaign.

Sears said: “Who knows what will happen? I’m 28 and I want to play games. I’m not happy sitting around doing nothing and I feel I’ve got a lot to give, whether it’s going to be here or somewhere else.

“I’m only thinking about our last 11 games of the season and we’ll see what happens from there.

“I think everyone considers it when they’re not playing or not as regularly as they would like. We all want to be in the team.

“I love it here, I love the team and the place, and the manager and TC are brilliant.

“But it’s all about playing games and I’m not the type to be happy sitting around, picking up the money for doing nothing.

“I want to be playing, scoring and achieving stuff. It’s a decision I’ll have to make and we’ll see what happens.

“I’m not saying that I’m going to be leaving – that’s not the case. But we all think about our future and there will be some other boys also thinking about what they’re going to do.

“I’ve still got next year left on my contract here and I’m happy here, so let’s wait and see.”

Sears has yet to score this season in 11 first team starts and a further 19 substitute appearances, the latest of which came on Tuesday when he was an early replacement for the injured Muzzy Carayol in Town’s 2-1 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

He added: “You’re always disappointed when you don’t start a game because all you want to do is play – every game if possible.

“But the manager picks the team and as we saw the week before, when we played Cardiff at home, there were a lot of changes.

“You’ve always got to be ready and if you don’t play in one game you might play in the next.

“It worked out pretty well in the end for me because I came on quite early at Hillsborough and it went well. I thought I played well.

“Obviously, I’m more comfortable down the middle, running in behind and playing on the last defender, so I was happy to be back up top.

“Muzzy did brilliantly for us at Preston and Bersant, Garns and Waggy have all been in the team, while I came on the other night.

“We’re definitely a threat going forward and more solid at the back. Hopefully I’ll start on Saturday against Sheffield United but that’s down to the gaffer.

“He may decide to change things because we’re playing three games in a week but I’ll be ready whatever he decides.”

Sears believes Town must cash in against the Blades, and Hull at home on Tuesday, if they are going to mount a late bid to close the current seven-point gap between them and the play-off places.

The 28-year-old Londoner said: “If we want to achieve anything I think we need a couple of wins or at least four points.

“I don’t think we can afford to lose either of them and even if we do win two it’s still a tough ask.

“There are a lot of good teams up there and no one is sitting around at the minute thinking we are going to make the play-offs because it’s still a long way off.

“But if we win our two games going into the game at Bristol City on Saturday week, who knows?

“I think Saturday’s game is massive. Both teams are pushing for the play-offs and if we can beat them and win again on Tuesday we could be just three or four points away.”

While Town were out of action last weekend, due to the postponement of their scheduled home fixture against Hull, Sears revealed that the snow and ice did not unduly disrupt the squad’s preparations.

He added: “It was quite a strange week. People were snowed in and we were reporting for training at different times. We still had a lot to do and we were playing cricket in the dome on Thursday and tennis on Friday.

“It was certainly different but it has obviously worked. We also had a full game on Saturday at Portman Road and the rest took care of itself. We got a great win the other night and we might be playing tennis and cricket a bit more now.”

Meanwhile, Sears has acknowledged the emergence of new striking talent at Portman Road, adding: “I’ve played one or two games for the U23s and Ben Morris is a good, young talent, plus there’s Aaron [Drinan] who’s come over from Ireland.

"You can see the improvement in them since they’ve been training with the senior lads day in, day out.

“I think a lot of people don’t realise how big the step-up is from the U23 football to first team level. It takes time but I’m sure, if there’s nothing to play for towards the end of the season, the gaffer will give them an opportunity and I hope they’ll be ready.”

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12th_Man added 16:58 - Mar 8

itsonlyme added 17:01 - Mar 8
Probably best for all concerned

Cakeman added 17:17 - Mar 8
Very sad this because when Freddie arrived he had so much to offer and looked really sharp with pace that could unlock defences.
Then our manager destroyed him by constantly playing him out of position with no support which ultimately made him look like a poor player.
Not the only player this has happened too.
In Freddie’s best interests he needs to move on and for us supporters best interests McCarthy needs to move on!

therein61 added 17:33 - Mar 8
Freddie along with several other players in the building are a threat when played in their proper positions, and who can blame him for wanting more game time he is another who the tactically inept leader(whose idiotic selections have cost us the chance of a play off place nobody else Mick just you!!) has ruined confidence wise!! this is the only thing Mick can do on a regular basis.

martin587 added 17:39 - Mar 8
It's a real shame as the lad has a lot of talent.Has played out of position every game so what do you expect.!

ArnieM added 17:40 - Mar 8
Such a shame McCarthy has played Sears out of position for so long. It’s killed his game. When he played central striker he scored goals for fun. His confidence is shot

ArnieM added 17:40 - Mar 8
Such a shame McCarthy has played Sears out of position for so long. It’s killed his game. When he played central striker he scored goals for fun. His confidence is shot

ronnyd added 18:01 - Mar 8
He states that he loves MM and TC. Sorry, but i don,t believe him as MM has destroyed him by playing out wide. Just wheeled out to spout the company line IMO.

whosroundisitanyway added 18:08 - Mar 8
Hang in there Freddie.
New manager, new season, new start for everyone.
You're best is yet to come.

Taricco_Fan added 18:30 - Mar 8
I don't think Sears is quite good enough for the Championship. I realise that is an unpopular opinion on here but the facts don't lie. Whether he's played as a centre-forward or out on the wing, he doesn't have enough about his game to make an impact. There's no doubt his confidence is very low but that can't be used as an excuse forever. He either has to pick himself up or move on. The latter would be for the best.

blueboy1981 added 19:37 - Mar 8
Can understand this - been given a rough time by McCarthy, having been played out of position for most of his time here.

This player is very capable, but like most, can easily be ruined by constantly being played out of position.

Anyone who thinks differently needs to study / understand the game more.

blueboy1981 added 19:40 - Mar 8
Stay Freddie - the Manager is the one who needs to move out. New Manager, and we should see the real Freddie again.

blueboy1981 added 19:40 - Mar 8
Stay Freddie - the Manager is the one who needs to move out. New Manager, and we should see the real Freddie again.

Swn98 added 19:54 - Mar 8
theirin61. If your realy searching for fall guys Freddie sears is one of the reasons we look like coming up short regard play offs faffing around in the corner post against Sheff wed.
6minutes of fictitious extra time at Carrot rd.
Still far to rational for the News site.
Lets just beat Mick up at every opportunity.

Swn98 added 19:55 - Mar 8
Go Freddie and take Bluebore with you.

tractorboybig added 20:07 - Mar 8
The most UNDERATED player in this squad.A class above mcgoldrick, and co.

delias_cheesy_flaps added 20:15 - Mar 8
Unfortunately it's not the player that's the issue he's just not in McCarthy's proper blokes brigade, he's just been played out of position and had the confidence knocked out of him by our so called manager!

Roystheboy added 20:16 - Mar 8
Another MM Fu%k up....... He bleeds blue and white.
Better than Joe Garner

shakytown added 20:25 - Mar 8
I think there are a few more who want out. Not because of the club but it must be awful to play so negatively every week.

NSL added 20:49 - Mar 8
A reunion with Colchester wouldn't be a bad option for him

tpsontour added 20:54 - Mar 8
Just the 325 days since Sears scored a goal. It didn't stop Martyn Waghorn scoring being played out of position on the right wing, just as Tom Lawrence scored from the left or up front last season. Good players will still deliver whether it is their preferred position or not. Poor ones won't. Sears isn't good enough to start up front ahead of Garner and Waghorn. Not many other Championship clubs would let him anywhere near their team after almost a year without a goal and he's had plenty of chances up front as well as out wide. He's looking like the League One striker we signed on the cheap. That's his fault, not the manager's as most other attacking recruits - Murphy, Garner, Waghorn, Fraser, Lawrence, Celina - have blossomed under McCarthy, in many cases having their best ever seasons at this level

cat added 21:09 - Mar 8
Taxi for Freddie, personally like the fella but he’s there to score goals and has simply not delivered. He’s to inconsistant, as he proved for the most part of last season when given a decent run. As stated above, he’s has been played out of position, but there’s usually a very good reason for that, he simply ain’t good enough. Would prefer Rowe, appears to have more about him.

ArnieM added 21:11 - Mar 8
FAO tpsontour: Gag on it....


blueboy1981 added 21:21 - Mar 8
...... another pathetic post Swn98 - can't you try a bit harder ? - in doing so you may eventually construct something decent .... !!

Taricco_Fan added 21:24 - Mar 8
@tpsontour...completely agree. People keep whining about McCarthy playing Sears out of position (and destroying his confidence in the process) but plenty of other players have done just that and thrived. He's not up to it, plain and simple. Look at his career goalscoring record.

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