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Blues Closing in On Judge Deal
Sunday, 31st Mar 2019 20:02

Town are closing in on agreeing a new contract with midfielder Alan Judge.

The Sun reported earlier today that Town are close to securing Judge on the two-year contract previously reported by TWTD and we understand that the deal is indeed near to being concluded.

The 30-year-old signed a short-term contract until the summer in January when he joined on a nominal fee from Brentford with the club having an option for a further season.

Irish international Judge has become the Blues’ most influential player since joining the club with talks regarding an extension to his time at Portman Road having been ongoing for a number of weeks.

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RegencyBlue added 20:04 - Mar 31
Good. I think his quality in League 1 will be crucial to us.


herfie added 20:13 - Mar 31
Be good to get this deal over the line, soonest. Our current situation stems from the fact that ME’s limited funds have not been invested particularly wisely over the years - which, with the exodus of goals from the team, has left us increasingly short of quality throughout the squad. This has become more apparent - and critical - as the C’ship has changed significantly since ME took over, and time and events have caught up with us.

Getting AJ on board would give us an experienced, quality, m/f presence to build upon. Only one player, only one step - but our regeneration has to start somewhere.

martin587 added 20:34 - Mar 31
This if true is excellent news as we need quality players to work with the young lads.Best to get everybody signed up now so as they are all familiar with each other at the start of next season.

Northstander_Blue added 20:37 - Mar 31
Get this done town

BlueandTruesince82 added 20:37 - Mar 31
Hope this is true.... if fit should be a cut above in L1

Cloddyseedbed added 20:38 - Mar 31
Good bit of positive news and will certainly help to settle the club and younger players for next season. I admit I am surprised, just hope there are no last minute changes of heart. Norwood and another taller target man who can hold the ball up, bring others into the game and win headers and be a goal threat too and that'll do me with what we already have at the club. Ship out Huws and Adeyeme, don't sign Collins. These 3 in wages for what you get back is a no brainer, money saved can be put towards the signing of players who would be fit and play games.

heathen66 added 21:01 - Mar 31
If we can get this over the line it will be fantastic news.
I honestly think there is potential in Harrison and Jackson and at L1 could do a real job for us... if played.
If only we had not given away Pitman and Moore (or has everyone forgotten about them) as both know where the net is and even more so at L1 level.
We need an experienced CM to compliment Bishop, Lankaster, Nolan Downes Dozzell and El Mizouni and with Judge and Edwards providing some trickery we should be ok in those areas.
At the back we need an experience CB to help Woolfenden.
The current defenders who will play a big part next season are now reaping the rewards of playing games. Kenlock has been brilliant and is improving every game as is Saturdays MOTM Nsiala...but they need games so Play them NOW!!!...and that includes Emmanuel.

Also the real big thing for next season is 2 up top...that is a real must

Also may need a GK

Need to off load Spence, Knudsen, Huws (and that is a real pity as there is a real footballer there) Adeyimi, Ward, Quaner, Skuse, Collins.
The money saving in wages alone will see ok in L1

1RWR added 21:04 - Mar 31
Nobody has said this, so I will: Judge for Captain? I certainly would love that.

ArnieM added 21:26 - Mar 31
This is awesome news tbh given our plight. But it also beggars the question , why would a player like Judge sign on the dotted line for Town if there was even a sniff of a Lambert departure? So is Lamberts supposed uncertain future just fake news?

jas0999 added 21:28 - Mar 31
Would be a statement of intent.

Lots of players leaving this summer, need some more quality. Judge is that type of player.

Bildestoned added 21:38 - Mar 31
Maybe this isn't the place for the following comments but, as people are name-checking here our younger players did anyone feel like me that Dozzell got unnecessary flack from some quarters after Saturday's game? Yes, he was slow to get into the game BUT was constantly demanding the ball but not being given it! His distribution in the second half was exemplary. I admit that I'm biased but that's how I saw it.

algarvefan added 21:40 - Mar 31
Personally I think it's a shame about Collins, if he could stay fit he would be a vital cog in the wheel, in the few games he has played in I thought he was immense. Remember the big lear out last close season lets not go too mad please.

pazzy added 21:49 - Mar 31
I agree bildestoned I t did not think we were that bad just lacked a goalscorer but we all know that or we would have won 4-2 great news about judge lets hope its true dozzel look good with the ball the boy can pick a pass we must not let the trouble makers drive lambert out he has put life back into the club

BeattiesBackPocket added 21:54 - Mar 31
Finally some decent news. This guy is excellent at this level and should run games in league one at this level and the perfect pro for the kids like Lankaster, Dozzell etc. Just love for Evans to sell the club now 🤞

RobITFC added 21:57 - Mar 31
@heathen66 good post, although I would take a risk with Huw's as he is a great player if only we can get him fit ., we actually have a great squad of very good of young players and believe if we can hold on to all/most of them then we have an exciting season ahead.

Warkys_Tash added 21:59 - Mar 31
Yes!! P;ease get this done. We need Judge, Lambert and Keane for next season please.. Judge is pur class and will rip up League 1.

heathen66 added 22:14 - Mar 31
@RobITFC, I would indeed and agreed he is a good player, however 5 appearances in 2 seasons does not bode well for a player Mick paid £1m+ for and presumably on decent wages too.
May just need to cut our losses

chrisswailes added 22:19 - Mar 31
heathen: it came out that it was significantly less than that. Everyone wanted him to sign as well.

heathen66 added 22:25 - Mar 31
@chrisswailes whatever he initially cost us we certainly have not got any value for money from him. I was (and probably still am) one of those who said we should sign him after his impressive loan period (and wondered why Cardiff wanted to sell him), however for whatever reason it has not worked out.
If he can prove his fitness then yes he is a must Unfortunately it really is a big if !!!

MichaelRockyLavelle added 23:17 - Mar 31

Surely its really bad business to sell him; without seeing any returns/benefit from paying him for this long - surely he's worth holding out for as we've already heavily invested in him.

Suffolkboy added 23:24 - Mar 31
This looks like good news; whenever we’ve seen him ,and continuing now,he always seems to have a keen appetite for the game .

heathen66 added 23:37 - Mar 31
@MichaelRockyLavelle it is not good business, however 3 years and 5 appearances and can leave for nothing is not good business neither.
As i stated, I think he is a quality player and could be a real asset, but not if he is injured all the time.
A fit Emyr Huws a yes every day of the week
An unfit Emyr Huws then is a real drain on very limited resources in L1

I actually hope it is the former, but not seen anything to convince me yet !!!

KiwiBlue2 added 00:37 - Apr 1
Great news regarding Judge lets hope his signature follows quickly. Our midfield is looking very good for next season, particularly if we can see Huws back on the park. Tidying up the defence and strikers are the priorities.
Keane, Harrison, Jackson and a new proven scorer should be sufficient. Its getting the defence right that worries me given that Luke seems un-dropable. Would like to see Woolfenden, Nsiala, Collins (if fit) plus a new cb but the latter might not happen. Kenlock and Emmanuel will have a big opportunity next season so just need back-up for them. Knudsen will go so overall it will be a young team next season with a lot of our own lads. Loan system should only be used in an emergency or if someone extraordinary becomes available. With respect to the captaincy it seems that Lambert will keep Luke going but while I would bite the bullet and make Judge captain I think he might make Judge vice-captain and if Luke's form drops further then Judge takes over. All in all it could be a quick return if we do not become complacent and the young lads can handle the more physical nature of League 1 ..... coyb

martin587 added 06:55 - Apr 1
The priority is to have a settled squad and everybody signed up at the start of pre-season training.
AJ to be appointed captain on the pitch would do for me.He has showed a great deal of commitment and his class is now showing as he regains full fitness.

1psw1ch added 07:26 - Apr 1
Well despite everything this is great news and im happy ,,,can see 30 goals in him next season to get us out of league 1,,,onwards and upwards after this campaign ,,,coyb

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