Royle reveals his cull is over

IPSWICH Town boss Joe Royle revealed his cull is over today.Spanish full back Sito Castro, pictured, has become the last in a lengthy list of players who have been told they can leave Portman Road.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town boss Joe Royle revealed his cull is over today.

Spanish full back Sito Castro, pictured, has become the last in a lengthy list of players who have been told they can leave Portman Road. Royle will now be working on obtaining additions to his squad to make it into a unit good enough to make a serious assault on promotion next season.

The manager has cleared the decks by not renewing the contracts of Jim Magilton, Kevin Horlock, Dean McDonald, Gerard Nash and Aidan Collins, while Jay McEveley and Jimmy Juan will return to their parent clubs Blackburn and Monaco.

Sito's contract runs until the end of June 2007, but he has been made available for transfer and Ipswich will be actively helping him find a new club.

Despite McEveley being recalled to the first team and playing well in the last two Championship matches against Watford and Derby County, Royle confirmed that the 21-year-old defender will not be with Ipswich after Sunday.

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“I have spoken to Blackburn manager Mark Hughes, and he wants Jay back,” said Royle, who expressed his disappointment at Sito's form since the 25-year-old signed a contract extension in January.

“He is a smashing lad, and perhaps a summer relaxing might see an improvement.

“But in recent weeks he has been overtaken by a 35-year-old and an 18-year-old for the right back position. He has not done well since signing his new contract.

“I have had to look at the squad and balance it out. The cull is now over.”

Royle said he that has 'course and distance' winners in mind to join his squad - players who already have a great deal of experience at Championship level.

“But we must wait for the play-off situations to evolve, not just in the Championship, before we can make a move,” said Royle, who is believed to have liked Sito going forward but been unimpressed with much of his defending.

Money was not a factor in the Juan decision, the player has still to fulfil his potential and his susceptibility to niggling injuries did not help his cause.

Looking ahead to Sunday's final league game of the season at Plymouth, Royle said: “The players have a day off today, and at the moment I have no idea what my team will be.

“Youngsters James Kruse and Liam Trotter may come into the equation after doing well in last night's game at Leiston.

“Sam Parkin scored and looked good, but it is probably too early to consider him for Plymouth.”

Fabian Wilnis is ruled out with a cracked rib, and Danny Haynes with the after effects of concussion. Matt Richards limped out of training yesterday with an ankle problem and will not travel to the south west.

Owen Garvan is also a doubt with a jarred knee, but Ian Westlake came through last night's game okay and Dean Bowditch has recovered from a thigh strain.

Sito and Magilton could be considered but not Horlock, who is back at Portman Road after ending his loan spell at Doncaster.

IPSWICH Town are flying to Sunday's game at Plymouth - but it will not be costing the club, or the players a penny.

The cost of chartering a 46-seater plane to fly from Stansted to the south west and back is being borne by club directors and associate directors along with sponsors.

Last season much of the cost of flying to Plymouth for the Championship match at the New Year was paid for by players after a long coach trip to Sunderland had resulted in one of the worst displays of the season.

Ipswich won at Home Park thanks to a couple of Darren Currie goals, and it is hoped that ruling out a five-hour road trip this weekend for a game that kicks-off at 1.30pm will have the same positive result.

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