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Ipswich Town silent on new deal - Damien Delaney

Damien Delaney
Delaney has played all four games under new boss Paul Jewell

Ipswich Town defender Damien Delaney says the club has remained silent regarding contract talks - despite his desire to stay at Portman Road.

The 29-year-old, who joined from QPR in 2009, is one of 20 Town players whose deal expires this summer.

"I'd love to stay, and I genuinely mean that," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"But for whatever reason nothing's been explained to me or mentioned about a contract. I suppose their silence speaks loud enough."

Since succeeding Roy Keane as boss, Paul Jewell has made it clear he wants to address the issue of the number of players who are free to leave the club at the end of the season.

The list of those whose deals are winding down includes first-team regulars David Norris and Gareth McAuley, with Jewell saying he had spoken to the pair about the situation.

And, despite Crystal Palace revealing they had a combined bid rejected for Delaney and Norris by Ipswich, Delaney said he was still in the dark over his future.

"The club haven't spoke to me, they haven't intimated they want me to stay," explained the Irishman.

"They turned down a bid in January and I was told I was definitely not for sale.

"And then I was told pretty much that there wasn't another deal there.

"But I think Gareth and Chuck [Norris] are in the same boat, they've not heard anything for two months with regards to contracts.

"But Paul Jewell told me about the bid in January, he told me he wanted me to stay from a football point of view and that's why I've stayed.

"But come the summer I have to look at my situation and try and find work."

Meanwhile the former Hull centre-half has given the first hints of what life under Keane at Portman Road was like.


Keane was sacked on 7 January after a run of seven defeats in nine games.

"I didn't have an issue with him, you saw how the old manager worked in terms of the teams he picked," Delaney said.

"He did like to chop and change, if you look at he squad I think every player had a spell where they were on the sidelines.

"We never really spoke, but that wasn't just me, that was just his way of managing, but that's all gone now."

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Ipswich swoop for Luton's Drury
31 Jan 11 |  Ipswich
Keane sacked as Ipswich manager
07 Jan 11 |  Ipswich
Norris in Ipswich contract talks
25 Nov 10 |  Ipswich
McAuley has no contract concerns
23 Sep 10 |  Ipswich

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