Wilnis: I fear for Town future
FABIAN Wilnis has been left doubting he has a future with Ipswich Town after the decision to let Kevin Horlock go.
FABIAN Wilnis has been left doubting he has a future with Ipswich Town after the decision to let Kevin Horlock go, writes Elvin King.
Wilnis, 35, desperately wants to have his current one-year contract extended in the summer.
But he fears this not be the case after Horlock was informed last week that he could talk to other clubs as he would not be given a new contract in June.
Horlock, 33, could well depart Portman Road before the transfer window closes at the end of the month
and Oldham are already reported to be showing an interest.
Wilnis plans to do everything possible to extend his stay with the Blues having joined from Dutch club De Graafschap in 1999.
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“I badly want to stay, because this is my home and I love the club,” said Wilnis.
“I will do everything in my power to extend my stay here, but Kevin's situation has got me thinking and it makes you realise what can happen.
“I might be 35 but, both mentally and physically, I feel 30.
“And I'll try anything which helps enhance my performance - whether that be getting a massage or taking part in the yoga sessions we have before training.”
Wilnis insists his fitness is no problem and, after a hectic schedule of four games in eight days over the festive period, he said: “I feel stronger before the Stoke game on January 2 than I did against Crystal palace on Boxing Day.
“I'm defending solidly and enjoying my football as much as ever.”
Wilnis is playing as well as at any time in his Blues career and he has turned in a succession of good performances ousting Sito Castro from the right-back berth.
He has had a chequered time at Portman Road, enjoying a number of highs and also some lows including being told he could go on a free by former manager George Burley and being part of the Ipswich side that won the Premiership Reserve League in 2001/2.
Along with his family he sees Ipswich as his home these days, and the house he has almost completed building in Holland is planned to be used as his summer place.