At the end of a particularly satisfying season for Mick McCarthy, he has been tasked with the tricky job of clearing out the rubbish in the Ipswich dressing room, and of course to bring in some nice, new, fresh talent, which will be useful in next year's campaign for the top six.

Already, Town are looking to clear away Michael Chopra, a man too involved in non-footballing issues to know where the kit room is. Also, they got rid of Nathan Ellington, Jason Scotland, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Lee Martin and Ronan Murray who were all surplus to requirements, not likely to play, and better suited to clubs lower down in the Premier League.

The gaping hole left by Grant Leadbitter at the beginning of last season has hopefully been filled as Cole Skuse arrives from Bristol City, his contract having been up at the end of the term, which saw City relegated roughly a month before the end of the season. 

He has the hardy, rough figure and style, a little like Paul Scholes, and will be well received by the Blues looking for a stalwart centre midfielder to hold together and keep discipline strong - which is Mick's big policy.

A goalkeeper will certainly be useful. Last season Ipswich had Scott Loach throughout; and they released Arran Lee-Barratt at the end of the season. Alex McCarthy came and went, but will certainly not stick around after a few memorable Premier League performances, particularly against Liverpool. Also Stephen Henderson had two loan spells, impressing in both, but will not stay apparently. 

So Ipswich have renewed their interest in Lee Camp, the Norwich 'keeper - he was close to signing at the new year, but East Anglian rivals took him in instead for a frustrating spell, and after a total of just three appearances, it is very possible he could cross the border to Town.

On the creativity front, Brentford's Harry Forrester is on the radar certainly. He has impressed at Brentford for the last couple of years and deserves a move to a bigger club. 

Having missed out on the chance to play Championship football on Sunday after losing 2-0 to Yeovil in the League One play-off final, it is expected that he will be signing with a Championship club in the near future.

Also there is Jay Tabb, the out-of-contract former Reading player. He was loaned to Town for the end of last season and impressed with his pressurising, harrying, runs, and may be just the thing that Town need - but for some reason, despite being desperate to sign, a contract hasn't been completed just yet. 

And with recent murmurs of interest from Birmingham and Middlesbrough, it is likely we will have to wait another few days at least before Jay puts pen to paper. In his short spell he has become a crowd and coach favourite, scoring one goal in his nine appearances in East Anglia.

In terms of defence Ipswich are sound. The goalkeepers will be sorted out as mentioned earlier, and the two centre backs Luke Chambers and Tommy Smith are forming a fantastic partnership, and have racked up many clean sheets recently. 

Left-back Aaron Cresswell is quickly becoming something of a legend - since arriving from Tranmere two seasons ago. he has played 89 games across two seasons - he scored five goals in the past season, and has barely put a foot wrong. 

He played all but one of Town's League games this term, more than any other player, and the problem with him for Ipswich will be keeping him from Premier League teams. At right back, Carlos Edwards has been vital for Ipswich this season. 

Captaining with authority and experience, he came up with a couple of beautifully constructed winners in the last ten games, securing the 60 points that Town racked up. 

Albeit almost in his thirty-fifth year, Elliot Hewitt is waiting in the background. The eighteen year-old having arrived from Macclesfield made six appearances in the season, and seems to be on the way to being a proper defender, cool-headed and strong.


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