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Is youth the way forward for Ipswich Town?

PUBLISHED: 10:52 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:52 26 February 2013

Tyrone Mings, right, is seen as one for the future at Ipswich Town

Tyrone Mings, right, is seen as one for the future at Ipswich Town

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Could the Blues’ interest in Histon duo Nick Freeman and Matty Waters be a sign of things to come?

Town are keen to run the rule over the teenagers but are waiting for bitter rivals Norwich to make a decision on Freeman, before deciding whether or not to take a serious look at the pair.

Seventeen-year-old midfielder Freeman, and striker Waters, 18, have made a big impact for the Stutes in Blue Square Bet North, with the latter having plundered four goals in nine games.

Both were part of the Histon youth squad that reached the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup, before losing 4-0 to Premier League giants, Liverpool.

With the new Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules coming into play from the start of the 2013-14 campaign, which restricts the amount of money a club is allowed to lose in a season, manager Mick McCarthy may be forced to dig deep and unearth a number of gems from the lower leagues on smaller wages.

The Blues manager has already signed Tyrone Mings from Chippenham and, while not from non-league, Manchester United’s Reece Brown could be the next youngster to sign a permanent deal at Portman Road, provided he impresses on loan between now and the end of the season, having signed for the Blues yesterday.

Brown was at League One Coventry earlier in the season but his season-long loan spell at the Ricoh Arena was cut short in January with the defender having fallen down the pecking order.

Fellow youngsters, Frank Nouble, 21, and Elliott Hewitt, 18, the latter signed by Paul Jewell, are also regarded as prospects for the future.

Jewell altered his transfer policy last summer with the former Wigan boss turning his attentions to signing young up-and-coming players, following the failures of a number of high-profile signings including Lee Bowyer, Ivar Ingimarsson and Nathan Ellington.

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 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 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.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

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