Nothing in kitty for Joe to spend

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle will have a limited choice when looking to strengthen his squad.He confirmed today that there is unlikely to be enough money in the kitty to pay any transfer fees.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle will have a limited choice when looking to strengthen his squad.

He confirmed today that there is unlikely to be enough money in the kitty to pay any transfer fees.

“But we should be able to compete for the better frees and Bosmans,” said Royle.


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“This will put us in a similar bargaining position to most of our Championship rivals.

Royle, who this week added Jimmy Juan and Sito Castro to the list of players he sees as surplus, has set his sights on bringing in a tried and trusted left back and an experienced midfield player.

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Royle added: “I have yet to pin down chairman David Sheepshanks and chief executive Derek Bowden and the actual financial position will not be known until season ticket sales have been finalised.

“But we will be better off than last summer when I had my hands tied until we sold Darren Bent and Kelvin Davis.

“I am not having a moan about the money available to me, and I plan to have new players in the building by the time we report back for pre-season training on June 26.

“But even if we fail to bring in any newcomers we will go into next season stronger than we did this one.”

Royle today confirmed that Chris Casement and Ian Westlake will start Sunday's Championship game at Plymouth. And Jaime Peters is a likely starter.

James Krause and Liam Trotter are both in the squad and will start on the bench, with Royle hoping that striker Sam Parkin will also be fit enough to be a substitute.

Jimmy Juan and Castro Sito will not be travelling, while Jaime Magilton will make his final Town appearance if Owen Garvan is unfit.

Vemund Skard will feature in the game at Home Park during some part of the 90 minutes.

Fabian Wilnis (cracked rib), Matt Richards (ankle) and Danny Haynes (concussion) are all out of the equation.

Jason De Vos is to take over from Jim Magilton as Ipswich captain next season. Royle said: “Jason is the natural successor and I want him to be my captain next season.

“I have not yet spoken to him about it but I will be doing so.”

Ipswich are planning a pre-season tour to Ireland that will take place towards the end of July.

Town squad: Supple, Price, Casement, Naylor, De Vos, McEveley, Barron, Currie, Westlake, Garvan, Magilton, Skard, Peters, Bowditch, Forster, Parkin, Krause and Trotter.

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