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Lankester Signs Another New Deal
Monday, 7th Jan 2019 16:46

Blues forward Jack Lankester has put pen to paper on a new contract which runs to the summer of 2022, with the club having an option for a further season, less than five months after he signed his first pro deal.

Bury St Edmunds-based academy product Lankester has been rewarded for a first half of the season in which he has broken into the first team and has cemented his place in the senior squad.

“Obviously I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” Lankester told iFollow Ipswich.

“It was always my target to try and get involved with the first team by the end of the season, so it’s been a welcome surprise for the opportunities I’ve had to come around a lot quicker.

“I know I’ve got a long way to go yet though, and have a lot to prove but I’ve got good people around me - my family and the players here - to help me.

“While I’m pleased personally with the progress I’ve made, the most important thing now is getting the results we need to start climbing the table. I just want to do the best for the team I can to help us achieve that.”

Lankester, who grew up supporting the Blues and whose grandfather was an amateur goalkeeper at the club in the 1960s and father was a schoolboy with Town in the 1980s, joined the academy aged just six.

The 18-year-old, the first player born in the 2000s to feature and score for the Blues first team, has now made four starts and five sub appearances and scored his first senior goal in the New Year’s Day game against Millwall.

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OsborneOneNil added 16:50 - Jan 7
Good lad

Smithy added 16:51 - Jan 7
Congratulations Jack

ShropshireBluenago09 added 16:52 - Jan 7
Proof of Lamberts influence right here.

Keaneish added 16:53 - Jan 7
Yep, agreed ShropshireBlue. Clearly pushed for that and good on him for doing so. Most sensible move to come out of the club for some time...

nineteenseventyeight added 16:55 - Jan 7
securing a good asset there, one of the brighter things to come out of this glum season

christiand added 16:57 - Jan 7
One of the few shining lights from a dismal season. He'll get better educated playing first team football in League One with us than playing for any Premier League club's U23 side.

jayessess added 16:58 - Jan 7

Gforce added 16:58 - Jan 7
Great news,we need to build the team around Lankester,along with
Downes,Bishop and Dozzell,still need a whole new defence though in our quest to return to the championship at the first attempt.

GREYBLUE added 17:08 - Jan 7
Great news PL,s influence is shining through

positivity added 17:10 - Jan 7
good news at last, well done hurst for giving him his debut and the first contract and well done lambert for carrying it on and upgrading it. good stuff all round

midastouch added 17:16 - Jan 7
at last, some good news!

OwainG1992 added 17:24 - Jan 7
Whilst we know Lambert's going to try bring more experience in, It is not bad to look and think come next season (likely in league 1) we'll have the likes of Lankaster, Dozzell, Bish, Downes, Woolfenden, Emmanuel, Kenlock and so on.
Some real prospects that I believe Lambert can help push on.

wkj added 17:28 - Jan 7
I dont want to be the rain cloud here, but part of me fears that this may be more of a transfer value booster, especially given how soon after his last pro deal was agreed.

Gazelle added 17:34 - Jan 7
Well here's one who's staying, wonder who we'll get rid of.

RobITFC added 17:40 - Jan 7
Great news , will be a regular 1st teamer next year and will tear League one up!

happybeingblue added 17:47 - Jan 7
a bit of good news for once

itsonlyme added 17:49 - Jan 7
This lad is going to be a very good player. WKJ is right in what he says about future sale but I think he will shine in league 1

pegasus added 17:51 - Jan 7
Yes. This is what I call INVESTING in the club.

FromIpswichToPhoenix added 17:55 - Jan 7
Well played everyone involved.

itfchorry added 17:55 - Jan 7
Club has to get back to these types of value -

Great news and Good work from PL

dirtydingusmagee added 17:55 - Jan 7
Pleased for him , Good prospect if we can hang on to him .And a good time to get it done .

blueherts added 18:03 - Jan 7
great , but as we know - 'if' we go down then the vultures will be circling

He could turn out the best of the lot - we have some decent young strikers and midfielders in our squad and academy

I hope PL does stay cos that would be a big factor in them staying

Good luck Jack - long may you stay ! Local lad

badadski added 18:17 - Jan 7
Class player. Well done Jack. Been super in every youth game I have watched and can't wait to see him more in first team.

spanishblue added 18:35 - Jan 7
The synic in me will think he,lol be sold in the summer,let's hope he's still here in the championship

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 18:38 - Jan 7
This can only be good news. Looks our best young prospect at the moment and he's a home-grown ITFC fan to boot. Good luck, Jack.

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