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IPSWICH boss Mick McCarthy ad­mits the club have re­lied too heav­ily on loan sign­ings this sea­son.

The Trac­tor Boys have had 16 play­ers on loan this sea­son, un­der Paul Jewell and then McCarthy. But the former Wolves man­ager says he won’t do it again.

“We’ve had too many loans – with­out a doubt,” said McCarthy, who signed nine af­ter he joined the club in Novem­ber.“When I sign loan play­ers and then have to leave them out be­cause we’ve got too many, that’s not right. And that’s hap­pened a cou­ple of times.

“In an ideal world you want two play­ers for ev­ery po­si­tion. Start­ing next sea­son with 22 play­ers would be ideal, but that might not be the case.

“I un­der­stand that the loan mar­ket can be good. You can get some good play­ers from Pre­mier League clubs, but you need a base of your own play­ers with­out any doubt. Loan play­ers should come in to sup­ple­ment that in my view.”

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