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HE was picked up for noth­ing but Ip­swich

man­ager Mick McCarthy reck­ons mid­fielder

Cole Skuse could be the sign­ing of the sum­mer. Re­leased to cut costs af­ter Bris­tol

City were rel­e­gated to League One, the 26-year-old play­maker won man

last week. of the match on his de­but against Mill­wall And his man­ager was full of praise

for a player he be­lieves is al­ready good enough

to play in the Pre­mier League.

(the Bris­tol “Be­fore I signed him,Sean O’Driscol City man­ager) said to me:‘Mick,

if you like him now, just wait un­til you work with him

– you’ll like him even more’. of

“And he was dead right. He has an un­der­stand­ing what you ask and how you want

the side to play. And he’s an el­e­gant foot­baller as well.

but Bris­tol “I tried to sign him in the Jan­uary win­dow, City wouldn’t sell him.That shows what

they thought of him. “To get him for nowt is a bar­gain.

He’s prob­a­bly at his op­ti­mum now. He’s bat­tle-hard­ened.

He’s at his tough­est, his fittest, he know show

to man­age him­self and man­age a game.Those years

be­tween 26 and 30 are your best. “I think he’ll turn out to be one

of the best sign­ings this sum­mer, and not just for us. “I mean when you sit down at

the end of the sea­son and an­a­lyse who got good value for money, Cole will

play in the Prebe up there. For me, he could def­i­nitely mier League.”

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