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NO NEW DEALS FOR FIVE

18 May 2015

But Mick doesn't close door on a return to Portman Road for some next season

Mick McCarthy has told the Club website that he won’t be offering contracts to five of his first-team squad but hasn’t closed the door completely on some of those players staying at Portman Road. 

Paul Anderson, Stephen Hunt, Noel Hunt, Darren Ambrose and Elliott Hewitt are all at the end of their contracts at Town this summer, while Richard Chaplow and Zeki Fryers have completed their loan stays from Millwall and Crystal Palace respectively. 

Speaking to Ipswich Player in an in-depth interview, the Town boss said: “I have spoken to all the players in the squad today. 

“Of the ones out of contract, we have released Elliott Hewitt and I’ve told Ando, Darren Ambrose, Chappers, Stephen Hunt and Noel that we won’t be offering them anything at the moment. 

“I’m going away on holiday, they are going away and I’ve told them I want to see what is around. They will be doing the same as well. 

“There is an element of freshening things up. We need to go again and you need fresh faces to do that so we will see what happens with those lads. 

“I have not closed the door on those players. They are great lads. We might be good for them. They might be good for us but there is nothing happening with them at the moment.” 

Jack Marriott has also been released, while Zeki has gone back to Palace.    

Subscribers to Ipswich Player can watch the full and revealing interview with Mick tomorrow, with the boss looking back on this season, setting out his targets for next term as well as discussing the influences on his career, the managers of the future in the Town dressing-room and much more.  

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