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KIERAN | LOAN OPTIONS HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED

21 January 2022

"It will help them gain experience and confidence. If that doesn't happen, though, then I am delighted to have them both here"

Kieran McKenna said Town will look to send players out on loan for the remainder of the season, but only if the fit is right for both the individual and the Club.

Following the arrival of midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson on loan from Bristol City, the Blues boss mentioned both Rekeem Harper and Idris El Mizouni as two that are very much part of his long-term plans, but players that could benefit from regular football for the second half of the season.

"We've discussed the idea of loan moves with some players, and we have two young and hungry midfielders in Idris and Rekeem," the Blues boss told iFollow Ipswich.

"We think they are really good talents and they have a future at the Club. We want them to be part of our long-term plans.

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"We have had conversations with both of them and discussed their pathway. I think it would benefit them to go and gain experience and play regular football.

"They're in a position where they haven't played as much as they would have liked this season. Idris is a lad that works incredibly hard in training and he is going to be a very good player.

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"And Rekeem is someone that has excellent exposure for his age. He is a real talent and has plenty of good ingredients, but he hasn't had a real run of games over his career.

"We think it would be a good option for them to go somewhere and get games under their belts. It will help them gain experience and confidence. If that doesn't happen, though, then I am delighted to have them both here.

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"We don't want to block their pathways, as we also want them as part of our plans going forward.

"It has to be the right fit for the player and the Club. It's not always easy to find those opportunities, but with two boys as talented as them, we feel we can find the right fit for their development.

"The level is not as important to me as it being the right fit for the individual."

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