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Skuse: Flattering to Get Messages
Thursday, 13th May 2021 20:11

Departing midfielder Cole Skuse admits the messages he’s received since his Blues exit was announced on Monday have been flattering.

The former Bristol City man is out of contract at the end of the season and has been told the Blues won’t be taking up the one-year option on that deal. The 35-year-old made 268 starts and 10 appearances for Town, scoring twice.

“It's been a strange few days, to be honest, although I did find out I would be leaving a couple of weeks ago,” Skuse said in an interview with iFollow Ipswich.

“I'm not big on social media but I have received lots of messages, not just from fans here and people around the club, but also friends and old school friends in Bristol that have taken an interest in Ipswich with me being here.

“It's quite flattering to get those messages. I'm not one to get too emotional, my wife will tell you that, but it really has struck a few chords. It's been tough in some ways with a tinge of sadness because I've also only played a few games this season. To tarnish my final season at the club because of a freak injury has been a tough one to swallow.

“But my final message is a thank-you to a lot of people, in particular my wife and kids at home who have given me so much support.

“My parents as well, because I wouldn't be here without them and you guys [club media] and others at the club and at the training ground. Matt Byard [head physio] has been brilliant with me, as has Alex Chapman [assistant head physio] and others.

“I would want to thank my team-mates as well, past and present, because I've enjoyed so many moments in the dressing room. Marcus Evans [former owner] as well because he was great for me while at the club and is a really nice guy who I still speak to. And the fans of course.”

The highlight of the Bristolian’s eight-year stay at the club was the 2014/15 play-off season.

“It was phenomenal really,” he reflected. “We had a small squad but it was also a close squad. I still speak to a lot of the squad now and at the time we were up against some big fish.

“We scraped in with the Blackburn game on the last day of the season, but yeah it was an unbelievable achievement.

“I thought in the first leg against Norwich we did ever so well and then in the away game we nullified them to a certain extent and then went a man down which changed things.

“It was a great group to be involved with, though. Lows would be the last three seasons - but of course I don't want to be sat here in my final interview talking about those!”

Skuse, who wants to continue playing and is interesting Colchester United, says he plans to continue living in the area and following Town.

“I'll still be in the area as well and I'll be back at games when I can,” he added. “My children support the club. Although my team is Bristol City, Ipswich Town will always be my second team.”

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Suffolkboy added 20:24 - May 13
Modest, a man of solid values and professional integrity whose contribution at ITFC was far too often undervalued . He’d a very good football brain ,and was technically adept ,going about his business on the field in an undemonstrative but well focussed manner .
I wish him every success in whatever he chooses to do ; and have little doubt he will stay in the game playing/ coaching/ managing or maybe teaching .
Thanks for everything CS !

1psw1ch added 20:30 - May 13
Good luck Cole and thanks for your service for the club

TractorFrog added 20:37 - May 13
Brilliant player, one of the most underrated of all time by the fans.

rfretwell added 20:39 - May 13
His lows - the last 3 seasons. Says it all really. PC hopefully will change it all up.

rfretwell added 20:39 - May 13
His lows - the last 3 seasons. Says it all really. PC hopefully will change it all up.

DebsyAngel added 20:53 - May 13
Best of luck, Cole. A terrific guy - professional and a good servant to the club. I will miss him as although he may not be the quickest player, he had one hell of a football brain on him and that is just as essential a cog in a team.

Pencilpete added 20:55 - May 13
Whatever the debate may be about his role in the team I dont think anybody can question the man's professionalism and commitment.

Skuse and Chambers will long be associated with the recent decline and I think that's a real shame .... same as big mick they probably stayed a season or 2 longer than they should have done

I personally wish them both well and I hope there is a role for them behind the scenes here when their boots are hung up

Reuserscurtains added 21:03 - May 13
Underrated player who never 100% got enough appreciation from the fans. Also a dying breed;
Black boots, tucked in shirt. Proper.

dirtydingusmagee added 21:09 - May 13
Really decent bloke, hope he is happy where ever he goes from here.

essextractorboy93 added 21:43 - May 13
Sad to see Skuse and Chambers go but the time was right. Cole seems like a really top guy and I am sure he will go on to good things whether that is in football or not. Will always remember that screamer against Cardiff in the playoff season!

66notout added 22:39 - May 13
All we need now is a farewell interview from Chambo. I’m sure the club media lads have it in hand. The pair of them deserve their send-offs and there are many on here who should be ashamed of their comments. I join the others in wishing them well and I would not be surprised to see them return one day as a managerial double act.

itfchorry added 01:50 - May 14
There he is -

All the very Best

slade1 added 07:24 - May 14
A gentleman and very decent bloke. No moaning, no tantrums just a 'proper' professional.
Good luck Cole and best wishes.

WhoisJimmyJuan added 08:21 - May 14
Suffolkboy: a perfect summary. Thank you. A wonderful player and bloke. Love to see him back at the club one day as a coach or manager or whatever he chooses to do.

soopercooper added 08:48 - May 14
Good luck Cole however another mediocre player amongst a poor squad of players. The futures so bright i gotta wear shades! COYB new beginnings..

MickMillsTash added 09:01 - May 14
Thats a lovely Interview
Underated player - really hope he can find a future with the club in a few years,

Essexnblue added 09:31 - May 14
Both Cole and Luke were great ambassadors and servants to this club.
It would be good if the club could arrange a friendly or testimonial for the pair where all monies were donated to the local hospitals where they both spent a huge amount of private time supporting the sick and less fortunate.
Thanks for al you have done for this club Skuesy.

Cheshire_Blue added 12:58 - May 14
Well said Suffolkboy. All too often not given the credit he deserved by those lacking in real football knowledge. All the very best in whatever direction your career goes. You deserve it.

grumpyoldman added 13:01 - May 14
Cole divided opinions, mine is he was an underrated player, doing the basic things well, enabling others to shine. When things started to go wrong he became a easy target. Thanks for your time at ITFC, all the best whatever you decide to do.

ChrisFelix added 13:18 - May 14
When we look back on our former players I think his lack of goals will count against him. He no doubt did stelling work for the team but 2 goals in nearly 300 appearances for an outfield player stops him as ever becoming one of the legends

Nobbysnuts added 13:22 - May 14
Funny lot on wasn't that long ago everyone was crucifying him for his inability to pass the ball all of a sudden he's a legend...hypocrites.

Gonefishing added 13:31 - May 14
2 goals and 8 assists in 300 games. Can't turn with the ball. But some of those interceptions were top notch.

grumpyoldman added 14:00 - May 14
Nobbynuts sweeping statement “everybody was crucifying him”. Some did but not everybody, as I stated in my post he divided opinions, how is that hypocritical?

londontractorboy57 added 21:31 - May 14
Good luck and thank you Cole, Wonder who the melts on TWTD news site will make as their next fall guy /guys

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