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Back training at Ipswich, could Kieron Dyer do a job for Town?

Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer

Copyright Ashley Pickering

THE arrangement suggests Kieron Dyer is doing nothing more than maintaining his fitness levels, following his release by Premier League strugglers, Queens Park Rangers, earlier this month.

But the return of the former Blues starlet to training, at Playford Road, last week, begs the question: Could the midfielder still do a job for Ipswich Town?

The 34-year-old made eight appearances in 18 months at Loftus Road before manager Harry Redknapp activated a clause to end his deal earlier this month. That came just three days after Dyer grabbed the equaliser in the R’s 1-1 draw at home to West Brom, in the FA Cup.

Despite an injury-plagued career, Dyer has revealed he has no intention of quitting the game and, with Town in need of a creative spark in midfield – especially after a below-par showing against Barnsley at the weekend – a short-term move, back to his boyhood club, could be the perfect fit.

A similar scenario occurred last season with another former Blues favourite, and Manchester City’s current third-choice stopper, Richard Wright. The popular goalkeeper returned to Ipswich just to keep sharp during the summer of 2011, but eventually penned a deal in the November of that year and played in the 3-2 home defeat to Reading.

Long-term, Dyer, who can play wide right or in an attacking midfield role, may not fit McCarthy’s criteria with the Town boss – provided Championship status is preserved this season – looking to rebuild his squad in the summer.

But signing players to fill wide positions will be on McCarthy’s agenda, with Lee Martin out-of-contract in the summer, Josh Carson having been made available for loan and Carlos Edwards in the veteran stage of his career.

Another Town player, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, has played numerous times on the right for Town, but the 22-year-old has only started one game under McCarthy.

Brentford’s highly-rated midfielder Harry Forrester and Leyton Orient’s Moses Odubajo, who can play as a right-back or further forward, are the latest names to be linked with a move to Suffolk.

In Odubajo’s case, the pacy 19-year-old has earned rave reviews at Brisbane Road and agreed in principle at the start of this year to sign for a further two years with the east Londoners.

However, with Ipswich and Millwall reportedly interested in the Greenwich-born player, the youngster, who is out-of-contract in the summer and would command a fee, may be tempted by a move to the Championship.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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