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Nolan Set For Town Exit
Sunday, 30th Jan 2022 15:10

Midfielder Jon Nolan’s contract is reported to have been terminated by mutual consent.

Nolan’s deal was due to end in the summer but, according to Football Insider, his terms have been settled now to allow him to join another club outside the transfer window, which closes at 11pm tomorrow.

The 29-year-old’s departure would come as little surprise as he hasn’t featured this season having suffered a series of injuries over the last year.

Nolan joined the Blues along with team-mate Toto Nsiala from Shrewsbury in the summer of 2018, following their former Shrews manager Paul Hurst to Portman Road.

In total, he has made 59 starts and 11 sub appearances for the Blues, scoring 10 goals, most recently featuring in the 1-0 home defeat by Sunderland in January last year. Soon afterwards, he was relegated to training with the U23s by then-manager Paul Lambert.

The Liverpudlian picked up a knee injury in training on his successor Paul Cook’s first day at the club and suffered a calf problem in pre-season and then a further setback in the autumn.

Asked about Nolan’s fitness situation on Friday, manager Kieran McKenna said: “He’s probably still a little bit away from contending to start games. He’s back in the training group.

“When you’ve been out for a good amount of time, you can often get some other little issues and niggles on the side, that’s stalled him at times over recent periods, I believe.

“Thankfully, his major injury that he had has much improved, no big long-term issues there hopefully, so now it’s just about getting a rhythm in training, that’s obviously a challenge when you’ve had a longer injury and a long time out.

“At the moment, he’s just trying to get a consistent run and rhythm of training, build that resilience up to be able to be out there competing every day and he’s getting through that at the moment and getting closer and if he can keep doing that he can obviously start to contend for minutes, but at the moment he’s still a bit away from that.”

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Trac70 added 15:20 - Jan 30
A sensible and good decision. Frees up space/wages for a late addition to the squad. Possibly the lad from Fleetwood?

FreddySteady added 15:22 - Jan 30
His scoring record was ok really but we do have plenty of midfielders.

Ipswichbusiness added 15:28 - Jan 30
Probably the best thing for both player and club.

Joining Colchester next season?

KernewekBlue added 15:34 - Jan 30
Never realised any modicum of potential he may have had coming in to our club.

Not really a Town type of player in my book, simply not good enough to compete effectively against our other midfielders. Too far down the pecking order and would only be here to maybe warm the bench and pick up his wages every week.

Sensible to let him go and try to find another club willing to give him a looking over.

This might free up some dosh to allow more strengthening of the squad.

runningout added 15:34 - Jan 30
Good luck JN.. Hope he stays fit for next venture. Good player in there

arc added 15:34 - Jan 30
What was his "major injury"? This is an odd one.

Anyway, good luck, Jon—sorry it never worked out here.

Nazemariner added 15:41 - Jan 30
Can't help but be disappointed with this. JN is a good player, and could be stand out at L1 level. I can only imagine that he doesn't want to be here. Someone will be getting a good player.

dyersdream added 15:47 - Jan 30
No loss

Suffolkboy added 16:13 - Jan 30
IF there was a really good player in there we never ever witnessed such talent emerging ; sadly he never seemed strong enough physically to be a truly competitive presence on the pitch and recorded several complaints about the manner of play .
Somehow the character either didn’t come out,or weaknesses dominated ; do not think we got value for money .
Notwithstanding its good for him to move on , resurrect a career and hopefully ‘blossom ‘ elsewhere .
The right decision to let him go / pay up his contract !

littlestoneblue added 16:34 - Jan 30
Thank goodness for that, now get rid of Jackson, Carroll, Fraser, and even Norwood and Bonne if he can't improve his game awareness, Edmunson can leave as he's got too many possible mistakes and errors in his game. I just want McKenna to bring in quality players to get us promoted

Monkey_Blue added 16:38 - Jan 30
He is and always has been League one at best. Given we have plenty of players in his position who will be well ahead of him this seems like a good decision for both. No one is going to sign him by tomorrow when he’s not played for a year and isn’t fit enough to play yet. I’m not one who thought Lambert treated him badly. Refusing to travel to a game showed shockingly bad attitude.

Monkey_Blue added 16:41 - Jan 30
Littlestone… you can’t accuse anyone of lack of game awareness after that comment.

Bert added 16:48 - Jan 30
A few glimpses of what he could offer but even when picked he was not consistent enough. I hope he finds a club and can continue in football.

jas0999 added 17:05 - Jan 30
Good luck to the lad. Just didn’t really work out for him, with injuries proving key over the past season.

budgieplucker added 17:22 - Jan 30
Outside his recent knee injury the lad had several spells out with a calf injury that kept flaring up
and had potential for being a very good player at Championship level. Certainly fit he is a very good league one player but often let his frustrations get the better of him and couldn’t find the consistency here that he did at Shrewsbury where he had an outstanding season before joining us.

Hope he can resurrect his career somewhere and think the decision to cancel his contract the right one for both player and club as it was highly unlikely that he was going to get offered another contract and leaves another free spot if we want to bring in another over 21 player as I think on last count we were up to our limit and loaning out El Miz and Harper wouldn’t have changed that as they both don’t qualify for over 21 count until next season.

tearsofthetown added 17:46 - Jan 30
Good luck Jon. Hope you get fit and get another club, as soon as possible.

ringwoodblue added 19:16 - Jan 30
Another Wurst signing that didn’t work out like the man himself.

Hope he can rebuild his career somewhere else.

blueboy1981 added 19:39 - Jan 30
Injury problems - but has some bite about him, sadly lacking with some of our current examples !!!

FrankMarshall added 19:48 - Jan 30
Moving Nolan on and keeping Fraser is a good move. Maybe Charlton might be interested in Nolan?

Good luck however it goes Jon.

Radlett_blue added 19:55 - Jan 30
Yet another of Hurst's signings who never looked more than an average 3rd tier player. May have been unlucky with injuries but I can hardly recall seeing him have a good game. None of his career history suggested he had the pedigree to play in the Championship. Why Lambert chose to trigger his contract extension, I do not know.

patrickswell added 20:22 - Jan 30
Nolan performed for us like the second coming of Stuart Slater: nervous, inhibited, disinterested. What a mediocre, shambolic influence he had here. He can get off to Grimsby ASAP, that’s his level after all.

Mac2812 added 20:56 - Jan 30
Patrickswell ... when did Stuart Slater return to Ipswich? He was only with us for one spell. What's this 'second coming' you make reference to???

Fat_Boy_Tim added 23:28 - Jan 30
Too many people quick with the unpleasant comments on here about a player who’s had a rough time with injuries and who scored 1 every 5 games from midfield. He didn’t get on with Paul Lambert either but that doesn’t seem to have been that rare a thing either. I hope he gets over his injuries and goes on to have a really good career. Good luck JN.

Monkey_Blue added 00:47 - Jan 31
Radlett… I suspect his contract extension was triggered because Lambert didn’t have millions to spend and so replacing him for a better player might have been difficult. I’m sure PL would have loved the chance to sign lots of better players… wasn’t a huge fan of lambert but I think KVY at £200k was the only cash signing he made… certainly the biggest. We have a £750k CB on the bench at the moment.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 03:57 - Jan 31
Makes sense all round.

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