Jim will let the dust settle

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton is to let the dust settle on the 2007/08 season before sitting down and talking to his three out of contract players.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton is to let the dust settle on the 2007/08 season before sitting down and talking to his three out of contract players.

He plans to speak to Dean Bowditch, Sito Castro and Nick Colgan next week, and then decide on their futures.

Bowditch burst on to the scene with memorable debut against Norwich City and went on to make 35 starts and 46 substitute appearances scoring nine goals.


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But the 21-year-old did not feature last season when spent time out on loan although he netted seven times in his last two reserve matches after overcoming a groin problem.

With his inability to gain a first team squad place over the last few years, Bowditch is favourite to leave when his contract ends on June 30 - although this has not yet been confirmed.

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Sito came back from the wilderness to make 14 appearances last season and score what turned out to be a winning goal at Scunthorpe. The Spaniard wants to stay playing in England but may find he has a better opportunity of first team football at another club.

Goalkeeper Colgan had his registration cancelled by Barnsley and joined Town on a short-term contract. He could well be kept on mainly as cover for 2008/09, although the former Republic of Ireland international is keen to make senior appearances.

Magilton, back at Portman Road after four days away, said today: “I want to wait for the dust to settle and for the disappointment to ease after failing to make the play-offs before speaking to our out-of-contract players.

“I expect to do this sometime early next week.”

Jason De Vos has already left the club, while Sylvain Legwinski is set to retire from playing and explore outside options after his two-year contract comes to an end at the end of next month.

Fabian Wilnis has also played his last game for Town, but will be speaking to the manager over the possibility of staying at Portman Road in a coaching capacity.

The futures of Stephen Bywater and Shefki Kuqi will also be discussed next week with their loans having run out with the end of Town's Coca-Cola Championship season.

Magilton must decide whether to make Bywater's move from Derby County - where he has a year left on his contract - permanent, while Kuqi is a Crystal Palace player although he has fallen out with manager Neil Warnock. In theory he could play for Palace in the play-offs.

A former England Under 19-international Bowditch has been at Portman Road since joining at the age of ten after being discovered by Malcolm Moore and worked under coach Steve Leslie initially before progressing through the ranks to the first team.

REPRESENTATIVES from Ipswich Town including manager's advisor Charlie Woods will be present at a special evening in honour of former West Ham managers John Lyall and Ron Greenwood in London tonight. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will also be present.

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