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Leicester City’s Richie Wellens set for loan spell

PUBLISHED: 15:34 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 21:23 23 January 2013

Richie Wellens

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FIVE Championship clubs are chasing former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens, but we understand Ipswich Town are not one of them.

Wellens made seven appearances for Town earlier in the season but suffered an injury setback on his return to parent club, Leicester City, in mid-November.

Town are the lowest goalscorers in the Championship, with just 28 netted scored this season, and Wellens’ creativity would fit the bill at Portman Road.

Despite having another year to run on his deal with the Foxes, the former Doncaster Rovers schemer is available for a temporary switch away from Leicester until the end of the current campaign, with his chances limited at the King Power Stadium.

A source close to Wellens revealed the midfielder was weighing up his options and is likely to make a decision in the next couple of days, but revealed that Town had not been in contact with the player.

Speaking to the EADT and Ipswich Star shortly after the end of his first loan spell, Wellens said: “I had a conversation with Mick (McCarthy) before his first game. He said he wanted to extend my stay, but I wasn’t that keen at that stage if I’m being honest.

“A lot has changed over the last three games though, everyone has responded really well to Mick, the team looks a lot harder to beat and two wins from three has got the club going in the right direction.

“There is a feeling that everything is starting to come together a little bit. And if I’m not going to be in the team at Leicester then I wouldn’t think twice about coming back to Ipswich.”

Meanwhile, Elliott Hewitt has been called up to the Wales under-21s squad for a friendly against Iceland next month.

Former Ipswich Town and Norwich City players have recounted their East Anglian derby memories ahead of Sunday’s clash between the sides at Portman Road.

Norwich City will ‘never, ever be a bigger club than Ipswich Town’, says Blues legend Ray Crawford.

Norwich City travel to Ipswich Town for the latest episode of the East Anglian football derby on Sunday.

The wait is nearly over – the first East Anglian derby of the season takes place this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) as Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town host Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the 2017/18 campaign this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup

Ipswich Town 11

Walsham-le-Willows 0

Ipswich Town Ladies turned in another high class performance as they progressed to the second round of the Suffolk FA Women’s Cup with an 11-0 pasting of Walsham-le-Willows.

Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira last night kicked off derby week with a shot at Ipswich Town – insisting the Canaries are a ‘better club’ than the Blues, and have ‘better players.’

Next Sunday’s derby now assumes even great significance after Saturday’s disappointing result at Bramall Lane, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

The 2017/18 honeymoon period is well and truly over, the bubble has burst, normal service has resumed. Our beloved Ipswich are dropping back to where they belong – mid-table at best...

Consider this an East Anglian derby rallying cry.

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