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NEW DEAL FOR MCDONNELL

12 July 2016

Irish midfielder signs on at Town until 2018

Adam McDonnell has signed a new two-year deal with the Club, keeping him at Portman Road until the summer of 2018.

The Blues had previously activated the option of a further year McDonnell had written into his contract, although have now replaced that with a fresh deal for the Irish U19 international.

His new deal also includes the option of a further 12 months.

The midfielder first joined the Blues from League of Ireland side Shelbourne in 2014 and made his first Championship appearance for Town in the 1-0 victory over Derby in the final game of last season, following up on his first-team debut at Doncaster in the 4-1 Capital One Cup victory earlier in the campaign.

"The last few weeks my agent and the Club have been talking but it's great to finally have it done and signed," he told the Club website.

"Last season I made the bench four or five times and I was happy with that, I couldn't have had a better end to the season than playing against Derby as well.

"This season it will be about more than just making the bench but to get more playing time. I'm still only 19 but I feel I'm good enough to be in the first-team so I'm looking to play more this year."


Blues boss, Mick McCarthy has been impressed with McDonnell following a difficult start to his professional career and holds high hopes for his future.

"Adam's progressing all the time," he said.

"He had a disruptive start to his career, he couldn't play because of the FIFA regulations that said he couldn't sign until he was 18.

"So he was training but he couldn't play and he got homesick because it affected him. He's settled down now, though, and I thought he played really well in the Derby game so hopefully he'll continue to progress so we can see him as a first-team player."


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