Ipswich begin their annual clear-out

IPSWICH TOWN'S annual clear-out is under way.Town are freeing one full-back, Michael Synnott, and have allowed another, Scott Barron, to move on loan to League Two strugglers Wrexham.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH TOWN'S annual clear-out is under way.

Town are freeing one full-back, Michael Synnott, and have allowed another, Scott Barron, to move on loan to League Two strugglers Wrexham.

This follows on from the recent release of academy kids Tony Boto, Luke Webster and Ian Nimmo, while Darryl Knights has been on trial at Leyton Orient and is currently with Yeovil.

Town have consistently made early decisions before the end of the season in order to give youngsters an opportunity to find new clubs.

Barron, 21, has made 17 first team appearances for the club but has been out in the cold this season, only featuring once as an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw at Birmingham last September.

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Town took the unprecedented step earlier in the season of deleting Barron's name from the squad list on the back of the official matchday programme.

At the time manager Jim Magilton said it was because he had not featured in the side and that it would be restored to the line-up as and when he did play for the first team.

The now-departed Aidan Collins, Synnott, Knights, James Krause and Liam Trotter were others whose names were deleted.

Krause is currently on loan and Trotter had a three-month temporary stint with Millwall earlier in the season.

Magilton said: “Scott has been in the first team squad this season but has not had a chance and we need to get him games.

“It's been well documented the problems we have had with lack of reserve team matches this season and we need to see him playing competitive football so we can have a look at him.

“He's travelling down to Wrexham with a view to him staying there initially for a month and then taking it from there.”

Academy striker Kieron Leabon's future at Portman Road is also uncertain after the club announced he would also be travelling to Wrexham to spend a week training with the Welsh club.

Dublin-born Synnott is on his way after skippering the Town reserves in their 3-1 win at Southend on Monday, a game in which Webster appeared as a trialist for the home side.

Webster has also been invited to have a trial at Yeovil and Knights played for the Glovers' second string in their 4-1 win at Weymouth earlier this week.

Experienced midfielder Darren Currie is expected to be on his way now that the loan market is open again, while other fringe players like Sammy Moore are also set for similar moves.

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