Fab can go on loan

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton today admitted he would sanction a loan move for out-of-favour defender Fabian Wilnis.The long-serving Dutchman could have played his last game for the club after being excluded from the match-day squad of 16 for Town's last 11 fixtures.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton today admitted he would sanction a loan move for out-of-favour defender Fabian Wilnis.

The long-serving Dutchman could have played his last game for the club after being excluded from the match-day squad of 16 for Town's last 11 fixtures.

Magilton said: “Fab is an outstanding professional and he has earned the right to decide what he wants for himself.”


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Wilnis, 36, has started just nine first team games this season, most recently the 2-0 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in November, and has also made one substitute appearance.

He cost £200,000 from De Graafschap eight years and has made 298 first team outings games altogether, and has also made one substitute appearance.

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Magilton said he had sympathy for Wilnis, as well as 26-year-old Spanish defender Sito, who is similarly out of favour at Portman Road.

The Town boss added: “Although Fabian is not playing at the moment he continues to be an enormous influence around the dressing room and I don't really want to lose him about the place.

“But if he wanted to go elsewhere on loan I would not stand in his way. I would do whatever Fabian feels is right for Fabian.

“I know what it is like for him because I've been there myself. When I was at Sheffield Wednesday, before I joined Ipswich, I was in a similar situation.

“You can work as hard as you like on your fitness and be as dedicated as possible but you still feel a huge let-down when the squad is named and you're not in it.

“Also, you can train all the hours that God gives you but your job satisfaction is zero if you're not playing football. It can be hard to come to terms with it and I fully understand that.”

Magilton watched both Wilnis and Sito play a full 90 minutes for the reserves in their 2-1 home win over MK Dons on Tuesday but the second string's next game is not until January 24, when they take on Stevenage at Portman Road.

He added: “Reserve football is always a shop window for any player. It's no secret that scouts are out and about looking for players.

“Like I've said, Fabian can go out on loan if a club wants him and if he wants to go. That also applies to a number of other players who need games.”

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