ALL THE OP­TIONS ON THE TABLE – SKUSE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

COLE Skuse ad­mits that un­cer­tainty over his longterm fu­ture at Ip­swich is giving him the jit­ters.

The 31-year-old mid­fielder, who ar­rived at Port­man Road on a free trans­fer from Bris­tol City in May 2013, has en­tered the fi­nal year of his con­tract, although the Trac­tor Boys do re­tain an op­tion to ex­tend his deal by a fur­ther 12 months at their dis­cre­tion.

Skuse’s team-mates Bar­tosz Bialkowski, David McGoldrick and Jonas Knud­sen are all in the same boat and last sea­son Town waited un­til the end of the cam­paign to ad­dress Luke Cham­bers’ con­tract sit­u­a­tion – he even­tu­ally signed a new two-year deal.

The Ip­swich man is hop­ing that, un­like his col­league Cham­bers, he doesn’t have to play the wait­ing game to see if he re­mains in man­ager Mick McCarthy’s plans.

“The club have an op­tion to keep me for next sea­son. That’s their choice, but this is the fi­nal year of my per­ma­nent con­tract,” said Skuse.

“It’s out of my hands. They might not want to give me a con­tract. They might be wait­ing for it to wind down and then say, ‘look, your time’s up. Off you pop’ and I’ll be get­ting down the mo­tor­way to some­where else.

“If they are looking to of­fer me a new deal, then I’d like to get it done sooner rather than later be­cause you don’t want it drag­ging on.”

Skuse was best man at 31-year-old de­fender Cham­bers’ wed­ding and added: “I thought Chambo was a credit to him­self with the way he han­dled things last sea­son.

“Lis­ten, the club are right to do what they need to do. What­ever will be, will be.”

Skuse notched only his sec­ond-ever goal in an Ip­swich shirt when his de­flected long-range strike found the net in the Trac­tor Boys’ 2-0 win over Bolton last month.

WAIT­ING: Cole Skuse

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