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New Deal for McLoughlin
Tuesday, 15th May 2018 13:06

Final-day Championship debutant Shane McLoughlin has been offered a new contract by the Blues, TWTD understands, while talks are set to take place with some of the other young players whose deals are up this summer in the next week or so.

McLoughlin, 21, came on as a 76th minute sub against Middlesbrough and won the penalty from which Martyn Waghorn netted his 16th goal of the season. The former Republic of Ireland U18 international had made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup tie at Crystal Palace in August.

Speaking at the press conference prior to the Boro game caretaker-manager Bryan Klug said: “We’re really pleased with Shane, he’s a fantastic kid. He has a great attitude, he’s obviously a bit of a late developer physically, but we’ve kept him in the system and I wouldn’t worry about putting him in the frame because he’s very competitive and he’s good footballer.”

McLoughlin spent time out on loan with Vanarama National League Bromley towards the end of the season having had a similar spell with the Ravens in the previous campaign.

He skippered Town’s U23s for much of 2017/18 playing a variety of roles with regular captain Chris Smith having been out on loan at Chelmsford.

“He has played everywhere and that’s a lovely trait to have for a young player,” added Klug, who has now returned to his regular role as the academy’s head of coaching and player development.

“You can ask him to do anything and he’ll do it to the best of his ability. His best position is undoubtedly in midfield but he’s played right-back, he’s played left-back, he’s played centre forward and that’s a great trait.”

He added: “We think he has [a future], we’ve fought to keep him in the football club, he’s had a couple of loans and I think he’s still developing.”

Keepers Michael Crowe and Nick Hayes are also among those who are out of contract this summer and we understand the Blues will begin talks with the duo within the next week or so.

Crowe, 22, recently won his first call-up to the senior Wales squad, although without making his debut, but is still to make a senior Town appearance. Hayes, 19, has played for the England U17s and featured for the Blues' U23s this season.

Striker or midfielder Monty Patterson, who is currently on loan back in his native New Zealand with the Wellington Phoenix, is also out of contract and expected to make his departure permanent.

Klug confirmed that January signing Mustapha Carayol would have to look for a new club in the summer prior to the final game after an injury-hit if often impressive spell with the Blues, while the other winter window addition Stephen Gleeson has also wasn't offered terms.

As revealed last week, David McGoldrick will be leaving at the end of his contract this summer, while Luke Hyam confirmed he has not been offered new terms.

However, there is nothing to stop the Blues' new manager from offering any of those who are currently free to go terms if he wants to once he has been appointed.

The option for an additional year on keeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s contract has been taken up but the 30-year-old is still to sign the deal he agreed in January having said negotiations are continuing.

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Smithy added 13:20 - May 15
Not really surprising on any of them, think Crowe could become a decent keeper given a chance (needs a good loan move), while McLoughlin probably earned his through hard work, only other player I can think of who hasn't been mentioned is James Blanchfield.
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muccletonjoe added 13:33 - May 15
Obviously klug is advising Evans on our youngsters and very pleased he is keeping the promising ones
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TonyHumesIpswich added 13:40 - May 15
No shock on Gleeson or Carayol really.. MCColdrick and Hyan already confirmed. Sounds like Patterson is also departing. Could be a busy Summer as looks like we may have a fair number departing.
Goteni has also already gone.
That's 4 first teamers and 2 U23 already gone.
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TonyHumesIpswich added 13:42 - May 15
Duh. Forgot about our departing loaners= Connolly, Iorfa and Celina. All first team or thereabouts.
So, 7 first team out and 2 U23.
Will give the new manager massive opportunity to bring in new players.
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tractorboy12341234 added 13:47 - May 15
Exciting times I feel with hungry talented youngsters and maybe 3/4 further additions with injured players returning as well! Just need our keeper situation to be sorted and we look a confident side
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Sir_Bob added 13:50 - May 15
Personally I'd give Carayol a 'Pay as you Play' deal. He showed glimpses during his brief injury free moments to warrant another look, just not on a full term contract.
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Barty added 14:31 - May 15
We need a good turn round of players and fresh faces are much needed
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chorltonskylineblue added 15:40 - May 15
It sounds like the decision on McLoughlin is based on advice from Klug and his team, which is great. They rate him and say he's late developer. We've let talent like Hourihane, Marriott and Rhodes (yes I know we got a fee for him, but nowhere near enough) in recent times who have gone on to develop into great players. Yes, some will be let go and not flourish, but I trust experts like Bryan Klug to make the call on whether to extend young players' contracts. I hope the new manager works well with Klug and his team, we're gonna need it because it doesn't sound like the transfer kitty is changing.
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midastouch added 16:21 - May 15
Gutted that Mustapha Carayol is leaving, he looked absolute quality against Preston. His injury record probably went against him but I think he would of been worth risking a 1 year contract on as if he recaptured anything like the form he showed against Preston on a fairly regular basic he's be worth his weight in gold. That said, if we did take a punt on him for 1 year and he spent most of the year on the sidelines with injuries then of course that precious money would of been better used elsewhere, but I saw more than enough quality in that Preston game to make me think he would be worth taking a punt on for 1 more season as he was electric that day. With the right pre-season preparation he might of got fully match fit and not picked up so many niggles through a new season.
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midastouch added 16:22 - May 15
It's only a minor moan though as I'm more than happy on all of BKs other calls so in Klug I'll trust!
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midastouch added 16:24 - May 15
In that first half against Preston Mustapha Carayol looked like the Championship version of Mo Salah! ;-)
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midastouch added 17:39 - May 15
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jas0999 added 18:21 - May 15
Good news the promising youngsters are being kept on.

Gleeson simply didn’t impress, whilst we can’t afford to carry injury hit players like Carayol. Played very well, but by no means enough.
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Wooly added 18:37 - May 15
I still think there are others who should be transfer listed...
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leftie1972 added 21:02 - May 15
Carayol has had a bad season with injuries and as such is being let go as he’s too big a risk. Last season Steven Taylor was let go due to injuries and went on to play 46 games for the Posh. Just saying.....
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dirtydingusmagee added 22:42 - May 15
Feel for Carayol ,when fit he looks good,but have to respect Klugs take on things.
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BlueBlood90 added 10:22 - May 16
I think Carayol is worth taking on pre-season to try and earn a contract. He has pace to burn in a position where we're limited in numbers and quality. He just needs a good summer to recover from his injuries and get fit. Gleeson is a waste of space. I'd like to see us try and sign Connolly permamently or at least take him on loan for another season.
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ronnyd added 16:55 - May 16
Any news regarding CCV?
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