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Judge: We'll Probably Sit Down in a Few Weeks
Wednesday, 13th Mar 2019 17:30

Midfielder Alan Judge says he expects to sit down and hold talks with the Blues regarding his future in the next few weeks. The 30-year-old has been Town’s standout performer since joining the club during the January transfer window for a nominal fee from Brentford on a short-term deal which runs out in the summer.

Quizzed on his future beyond the end of the season following last night’s 1-1 draw at Bristol City, Judge said: “We’ll see what happens. At the minute it’s just me playing every game and I’m enjoying every minute of it at the moment.”

Judge’s short-term deal includes an option which he has previously said is “more in the club’s favour”.

He added: “We’ll probably sit down in a few weeks. I think they’re the same as me, they just want to get me playing. I want to play and we’ll worry about that when the time comes.”

The Republic of Ireland international isn’t ruling out remaining with the Blues even if they are in League One next season, as now seems all but certain to be the case.

“You just don’t know,” he continued. “Many things come into my head. I’m playing – I haven’t played for two or three years.

“I feel like I’m getting there, back to my best. At my age it’s about playing. I’m 30 years of age but have plenty of running left in me.

“I’ve had two years off so that hopefully means I can play to 35 or 36 now. When the time comes to sit down, we’ll sit down.”

Reflecting on yesterday’s match, he added: "If anything we're slightly disappointed because for large periods of that game we were the better team.

"We were on top for the first half an hour or so and annoyingly gave away a sloppy goal but we didn't panic. We know we can score goals and it was a great bit of skill from Myles to help get us level.

"We're playing well right now and I would say in the last six or seven games we haven't got what we deserved but we'll keep plugging away.

"And it's good to be a part of because we're playing good football. It's my kind of football, we're not just going route one, we're getting on the ball and trying things.

"Once again it was incredible support from the travelling fans and I'm pleased we're giving them something to cheer at the moment.”

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martin587 added 17:38 - Mar 13
Just sign on the dotted Alan.🙏

martin587 added 17:39 - Mar 13
Line 🙈

Suffolkboy added 17:45 - Mar 13
This man appears to epitomise the character and honesty and integrity , along with enthusiasm which fit into the picture of ITFC we’d all wish to see in the future , even if it’s a League down !

blueboy1981 added 17:52 - Mar 13
Get in there Judgey - WE NEED YA.

blueboy1981 added 17:55 - Mar 13
........ he'll obviously be looking for a good, three year contract. Who could blame him. ?

That will test the ambition of Evans & Co. ....... !!!

Karlosfandangal added 17:56 - Mar 13
He won’t be on much money next yea, are only hope is we put in a clause that will increase his wages if we go up.
The way he is playing I would not be surprised is a Derby came in for him paying twice the amount in wages that we could even in the Championship

BlueySwede added 18:03 - Mar 13
Really hope you stay Alan! The crop of promising youngsters need some established quality players to lean on next season. And think about it. 31 years of age - League One. 32 - Championship. 33 - Premier League! ;)

blueboy1981 added 18:05 - Mar 13
....... that's the problem - what's the bet Derby, and Wigan for a start, will be sniffing around ? - and offering big, big money. There'll be no shortage of interest if he continues to play until the end of the season.

Unfortunately for us maybe, this next contract for him is his most important to date, and will be about the best offer available to him. FACT.

The point where principal goes out of the equation completely - at times I hate this game of ours.

Radlett_blue added 18:10 - Mar 13
I wish someone would provide details of what this "option" entails. If he's effectively a free agent, very hard to imagine a Championship club won't offer him a better deal than ITFC are able to.

Ipswichbusiness added 19:06 - Mar 13
Relegation will mean a substantial fall in income. That will have to be matched by a cut in costs. The biggest expense is players’ wages. I predict a clear out and I really fear a fire sale of assets.

itfchorry added 19:11 - Mar 13
Really time to show your intentions Mr Evans -

Season ticket booster in signing this fan favourite.


BlueWax added 19:31 - Mar 13
Such a gifted and hardworking player who will notch sooner rather than later.
Let's get the sign him up chants starting... Lambert can put some pressure on ME to get him a deal.
If he gets that one over the line then perhaps he can then sort out the other deal /No deal issue which seems to be getting some coverage!!

ArnieM added 19:35 - Mar 13
I thought Judge was already in talks with Town ?

BlueBlood90 added 20:23 - Mar 13
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm pretty sure that if he wanted to stay then he would've just said so.

NewEraNewMe added 20:27 - Mar 13
Personally although I would LOVE this man to stay at our club, I feel as though he will be off in the summer, if he wanted to stay, he’d of said it the way Will Keane has said it, but he hasn’t so it leads me to believe that he’s not to keen on sticking around in the area and will possibly move on to a derby type team.

Pilgrimblue added 20:33 - Mar 13
He's the sort of player we need for next season. Of course a club with more money may be interested but clubs like Derby wouldn't give him guarantee of playing every week. If chambo left I'd offer him captaincy which might seal a deal.

runningout added 20:41 - Mar 13
Judge suits our club.. Say thanks but goodbye to the half a dozen fragile players we have that think they are professional. But are not in my eyes

Radlett_blue added 21:01 - Mar 13
To those saying "let's sign him at any price", please remember the clamour to give Jimmy Bullard a permanent deal & how that worked out.

Walk_the_Wark added 21:15 - Mar 13
I think there are obvious differences with the Bullard situation. Sign him up, give him the armband. Also keep hold of Bart. Move on Excuse and Chambo and get a bullish 20 goal a year striker. We'll be back up in no time

Jonnosdreadlocks added 22:03 - Mar 13
Hope he stays but their are going to be lots of championship clubs wanting him,

dirtydingusmagee added 22:35 - Mar 13
hope he stays, think he could be a good motivating skipper IMO

Trequartista added 22:46 - Mar 13
Doesn't look good, he was in talks last week, now talks are in the next few weeks, obviously didn't go well.

TimmyH added 23:40 - Mar 13
Would be a good signing certainly for League one but wouldn't at all surprise me if he goes elsewhere namely a Championship club with some ambition.

harlingblue added 03:43 - Mar 14
A true professional, giving us his all, having sustained such a bad injury on Portman Road turf. I would love him to stay at the club, his desire and craft is something for our young players to aspire to.

therein61 added 06:40 - Mar 14
I said it before now, give him 3 years a good wage and the arm band also a healthy bonus on promotion

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