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Hyam: A Bit Surreal to Be Leaving Blues
Tuesday, 8th May 2018 14:58

Departing midfielder Luke Hyam says it’s "a bit surreal" to be leaving Town after 15 years at the club. The 26-year-old revealed his time with his hometown club was at an end last night with the Blues not having taken up an option to keep him for a further season.

“It’s a bit surreal at the moment,” he told iFollow Ipswich. “I’ve been to the training ground and the club to say goodbye to the staff. It’s not really sinking in at the moment.

“I’ve been here since the age of 11 and the club has been a big part of my life and I have so many great memories.

“My debut as an 18-year-old at Middlesbrough, getting thrown in there. The Norwich games, captaining the team at Portsmouth was a real highlight for me as well. There are many more.

“I’m a Town fan and to play for the club that you support is a dream for any player, not just me so I’m very privileged to have been able to do that.

“I wish the club all the best for the future and I’ll always be a fan and look out for how well the team does.

“It’s an uncertain time for me at the moment. It’s the first time I’ve been in this situation but it’s an exciting time as well.

“It might be the right thing for me as well, with the age that I’m at now, to have a new challenge.

"Hopefully I can get something sorted as soon as possible. I’ve missed a lot of football because of my injuries but to me the most important thing now is to be playing games week in, week out.”

Former Northgate High School pupil Hyam made 118 starts and 28 sub appearances for Town, scoring three goals. He spent a month on loan at Rotherham during 2015/16, making two starts and three sub appearances.

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bugblatter added 15:01 - May 8
Who is making the decisions to release Luke and Didsy, seeing as we don‘t have a manager in place? Makes no sense…

TractorBeezer added 15:08 - May 8
Good luck mate.

JackSted added 15:09 - May 8
bugblatter - do you think the manager makes all the decisions within a club?

BlueBlood90 added 15:12 - May 8
Wish him all the luck in the world. It's a real shame that he couldn't keep fit and develop into a more important player for us. I really hope he goes somewhere and stays injury free for the rest of his career.

osborne1nil added 15:16 - May 8
Sorry to see you go Luke. Thanks for your efforts. Best of luck.

rickw added 15:24 - May 8
It's a shame but you can understand this decision.
He's had a poor injury record over recent seasons and is perhaps in the way of younger more talented players developing i.e. Bishop, Dozzell, Downes & Nydam

StringerBell added 15:25 - May 8
From another former Northgate boy, all the best Luke. Hope you find another club and come back and play against us at PR (just don't score......!!)

Wickets added 15:27 - May 8
Good luck Luke hope you soon get fixed up , pretty sure you will.

SouperJim added 15:27 - May 8
bugblatter we don't need a manager in place to make the correct decision on both Hyam and McGoldrick, they've both earned a lot of money whilst out injured in the last couple of seasons. I'm not blaming the players, they're good pros who have always given everything for the club, but the time is right for them to move on.

Too many players spent far too much time out injured under Mick, this is something the new manager needs to work on. It's all very well being hard-working and robust as a team, but if it means half your squad spend more time in the treatment room than on the pitch, the balance is clearly wrong.

Osbourne_One_Nil added 15:49 - May 8
For all the moaning about agents fees this is exactly the time they earn their money, a lad at the end of his first professional contract at his hometown club who probably has never needed or considered a "Plan B". With his injury recent record lets hope for his sake he is picked up on a decent term contract so he can concentrate on his fitness for next season , unlike the Prem , unfortunately at this level it is often a buyers market

TheTrueBlue1878 added 16:56 - May 8
Right decision to move him and didzy on. Unfortunately too injury prone to ever stamp himself in a team. The problem with him is if every midfielder is fit he probably doesnt even get on the bench so its the right time to move him and didzy on

woohoo added 18:22 - May 8
Wish him well for the future. A great shame about the injuries as I felt that he almost tried too hard whenever he came back - hence the bookings and further injuries.
Hope he can find a place with the right club and manager to develop - loads of potential there.

joolsg100 added 19:34 - May 8
Very surprised Luke not given an extension to his contract... yes had injuries but has come back last few games and done ok... Bishop gets a contract and has been far worse with injuries and feel he should have been let go !! Good Luck Luke and hope hope you get snapped up soon ... you deserve it

Hegansheroes added 19:55 - May 8
Good luck to him but expect he'll be in div1 or2 not good enough for championship in my eyes. Now get shot of Chambers, might even get a bit of dosh for him. McGoldrick has been a passenger for too long so I'm pleased he's going to be

blueboy1981 added 20:13 - May 8
The new Manager (whoever he is) will have already had some behind the scenes input to the decisions currently being made in terms of playing staff.

Good Luck Luke - you had the chance, maybe of a lifetime, at Portman Road - only you know if you gave it your best shot.... !!

Probably end up at Colchester, and hopefully realise that he has to learn to pass the ball forward, and not always sideways and backwards
Maybe playing for someone a bit more adventurous than MM would ever be - will do him good..

TheJam added 20:19 - May 8
Not much to put on his CV

guentchev added 20:45 - May 8
I feel for him....his heart is in the right place. Probably his biggest dream was to play for the club he supports...and he's done that 15 years. If he keeps himself fit and does really well at his new club then you never know. Change is often a good thing, and I hope he embraces this opportunity. Only issue in relation to finding a new club is his injury record....

cfmoses added 21:48 - May 8
Luke , wish you well in your future career. Think you were so unlucky with injury after injury and of course when you made it back into the squad you were one of too many defensive midfielders that Mr McCarthy wanted and preferred to support his defence. Think if you had been given the chance to perform in a more balanced and more aggressive midfield we would have seen your undoubted skills in a different light. Hope you find the right club for you and develop further. You are a true Blue and the club will miss you.

terryf added 22:19 - May 8
Perhaps the Owner knows more about ITFC the we give him credit for.


carsey added 06:32 - May 9
This is a heart Vs head issue for me. Local lad who I wanted to succeed never quite managed it with all the injuries so probably the right decision in football terms with all the other midfield players.
Hope he does well wherever he ends up.

therein61 added 07:08 - May 9
Always a bit sad to lose one of our own for whatever reason! good luck in the future Luke.

pegasus added 08:54 - May 9
A bright lad, and I wish him well. Hope he's saved and invested his earnings well. Hope he stays in East Anglia to contribute to the region's football culture, as a player, or somewhere within a management team, perhaps.

have_a_word_with_him added 18:46 - May 9
Right call on both Hyam and Didz, and wish both well wherever they end up next. Inevitably home grown talent will move on from time to time, our main problem recently has been not doing so for decent transfer fees on a regular enough basis. Personally I think the youth structure under Klug is good, we clearly lacked a first team manager willing to nurture though. Surely that has to be a key requirement for the new recruit.

Seasider added 19:58 - May 9
Hyamsy !!! Wish him well.Was an MM type player;so not sure he would fit into the new set up ?

Unlike Didsy,but he was so injury prone,and probably will continue so throughout his career unfortunately.

Feel it is right that these two players are released at the end of their contracts,as their Manager was

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