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Ipswich Town to release Tabb and Varney in the summer

Jay Tabb (left) and Luke Varney (right) will leave in the summer. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town duo Luke Varney and Jay Tabb will leave the club in the summer, the club have confirmed.

The pair have both struggled for first team opportunities this season and are now free to find new clubs.

Defender Kevin Foley may still be offered a new contract though.

Varney's a top professional and a top person and I’d like to think we have both been good for each other.

We looked after him when he snapped his achilles and he has repaid us with his professionalism and what he has done on the pitch for us.

We have four strikers though, and they have been in front of him because of injury and one reason and another.

With Foley, it’s an on-going discussion.

He is versatile and would give us options but fundamentally he is a right-back.

We have Josh (Emmanuel) coming through in that position and when we kick off next season, the best right-back we have here will play.

He will sit down with his family and decide what’s best for him.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Dozzell wants first team place after signing Ipswich Town deal

Andre Dozzell (right) signs his contract alongside his dad Jason (left). Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell says he's targeting a regular starting role in the first team next season after signing his first professional contract with the club.

Dozzell agreed the deal on his 17th birthday yesterday - despite reported interest from the Premier League.

The teenager scored his first goal for the club against Sheffield Wednesday last month and is keen to taste more first team action at Portman Road next season.

At the start of the season my aim was to break into the first-team because I had been playing regularly for the U21s and the next step is the first-team but it was a bit crazy to score on my debut.

It’s been great to have been around the first-team lately. My dad has been there too so he can give me advice on how handle it so that’s helped.

Obviously I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made here and hopefully I can push on from here and try and get more first-team football next year. That is the target.

– Andre Dozzell, Ipswich Town

McCarthy concedes Ipswich Town's play-off hopes are fading

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits it's now going to be a tough ask for his team to make The Championship play-offs.

Town could only draw 0-0 at home to relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic last night - with Ben Pringle and Jonathan Douglas coming the closest to finding a winner.

The result leaves Town seven points adrift of the top six.

The one positive is that they still have Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County left to play, and McCarthy says they're going to have to beat both of them to stand any chance.

Seven points out of it, we're making it harder still for ourselves.

But as I've just said to the players, we've got to stick together and make sure that we try and get as many points as we can and see where it takes us.

Hopefully that will be in the play-offs but that is looking increasingly unlikely.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Ipswich Town agree loan deal for Bolton winger Feeney

Liam Feeney will spend the rest of the season at Portman Road. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed Bolton winger Liam Feeney on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old's contract at Bolton is up in the summer.

Feeney could make his debut for Town in their game against Rotherham United at Portman Road on Saturday.

He would also be available for any play-off campaign, should Ipswich make the top six.

I’m really excited and I’m glad it’s done now

Coming from the situation at Bolton to come into a team that’s pushing for the Play-Offs is exciting and hopefully I can add to that.

It’s a different type of pressure to play under but it’s an exciting kind, and the sort you want to be playing under at the right end of the table.

I can bring a directness to the team. I like to run with the ball, put crosses in so hopefully I can help create a few goals when given the opportunity.

The gaffer will get a good look at me in my time here so hopefully it goes well and we’ll see what happens next year.

– Liam Feeney, Ipswich Town
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