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Cotter Leaves Town
Monday, 22nd Mar 2021 17:59

Right-back Barry Cotter has left the club having been told he would not be offered a new contract at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old is one of 26 players whose terms are up in the summer. The Blues were understood to have an option to extend his deal for a further year but have told the former Irish U19 international that no new offer will be on the table and the two parties have agreed to part ways now.

“We have agreed for Barry to leave the club now and we wish him all the best for the future,” general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill told the club site.

Ennis-born Cotter joined the Blues from Limerick in January 2018 and made his debut in Mick McCarthy’s final game in charge, the 1-0 victory over Barnsley in April of the same year.

He came on as a late sub in the 4-0 win at Reading in the final away game of that season but didn’t feature at all during 2018/19.

Cotter, who had two spells on loan at Chelmsford while with the Blues, scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out in the Trophy tie at Peterborough on his 21st birthday in November 2019, with his final Town appearance later that month in the 2-1 home FA Cup defeat to Coventry.

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RobITFC added 18:02 - Mar 22
No surprise, Cook has already highlighted he needs players with the correct attitude, more to follow.

CraigEdwards added 18:02 - Mar 22
What a shame had high hopes for this lad . He had so much talent but will still be wearing the blue next season at Cardiff.

boroughblue added 18:02 - Mar 22
was the away game at Reading not 4-0?

In any case, all the best Barry, shame your career never really got going here. Showed promise at times, sure theres a player in there somewhere

BcarefulwhatUWish4 added 18:02 - Mar 22
Good debut but has faded away from the first team ever since. Best of luck for the future.

JackSted added 18:03 - Mar 22
Sad it’s not worked out for him here. But the quicker we get the deadwood out of our club the better

RobsonWark added 18:06 - Mar 22
1 down 25 to go!!

PhilTWTD added 18:09 - Mar 22

Yes, 4-0, my error.

raycrawfordswig added 18:18 - Mar 22
22 should be on the verge of the first team .Not good enough.

therein61 added 18:21 - Mar 22
Good luck for the future young man wherever you go next get your head down listen and learn and progress there is a good player within you if you knuckle down.

positivity added 18:22 - Mar 22
a shame after that debut, but no surprise.

good luck to him

multiplescoregasms added 18:22 - Mar 22
Think he is going to be one of many over the coming months. Good luck with the rest of your career Barry 👍

Ipswichbusiness added 18:32 - Mar 22
He’ll be feeling pretty rotten now, but he is young enough to still have a career somewhere if he wants it.

Good luck Barry.

TrueBlueSince72 added 18:33 - Mar 22
There is a player in there, but too frustrating for a number of managers to stick with him any longer.
Saw him in a 23s match where for the first 30 mins everything he did went horribly wrong and his head was clearly not in it at all. Then he switched on and scored a wonder goal running from his own half, past most of their team before a fantastic finish. Seemed to sum up his ITFC career in half an hour.
Good luck with the next phase in your career BC (and thanks for the vox pop on KoA - always makes me smile)

BlueandTruesince82 added 18:35 - Mar 22
Never kicked on, nowhere near a first team that has has had Chambo and Ward as RB/LB, probabaly best for him too. Still think there could be a good player in Cotter but he needs to to go and find game time or he'll never kick on. Best of luck to him

dirtydingusmagee added 19:23 - Mar 22
its hard to get in to league football,some just dont make the grade, good luck in future Barry, stay strong and move on .

azuremerlangus added 19:24 - Mar 22
He'll be in the prem in 2 years then...

handslikeplates added 19:41 - Mar 22
Nice to see a decent statement from him thanking the club, not easy when things haven’t worked out but shows a bit of respect & maturity which will help him with his future footballing career. I wish him all the best.

Edmundo added 19:50 - Mar 22
Good luck, Barry, but glad to see the club working on trimming the squad early...

geminimustang added 20:13 - Mar 22
Be surprised if MM doesn't trial him at Cardiff.If MM saw enough to give him a game at ITFC,he'll run his eye over him again.

Saxonblue74 added 20:14 - Mar 22
To be fair, if he can't get into an ITFC squad now then he never will! Looks like PC is beginning to shake things up.

AbujaBlue added 20:46 - Mar 22
Very mature reaction from him on Twitter. All the best to him.

shakytown added 20:51 - Mar 22
might be what he needs to kick on and there are quite a few more at at comfortable old Ipswich that need to go as well. The difference between good players and average ones is usually attitude and desire

1psw1ch added 21:00 - Mar 22
ready,, steady,, cook is kicking out

DifferentGravy added 21:35 - Mar 22
Best of luck Barry, hope you find success elsewhere

KiwiBlue2 added 01:58 - Mar 23
sadly early promise flattered to deceive. A lot of young players who step into things at an early age often have hangers-on bigging them up. those people are actually a major danger to young players who often seem to be distracted from the real job at hand, i.e. working hard and kicking on.
I hope that he rediscovers his mojo somewhere and, if he wants it, has a good career somewhere. This is quite a list of Town players who left and then did well.......

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