Ipswich Town fans are so upset at the club's decision to release derby day goalscorer Paul Anderson, that they've started a petition to keep him at the club.
Anderson was one of five players not to be offered new contracts following Town's play-off semi-final defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Noel and Stephen Hunt, as well as Darren Ambrose and on loan midfielder Richard Chaplow are the other players to have been told that they can leave Portman Road.
But it seems that supporters are particularly riled by the fact that 26-year-old winger Anderson is heading for the exit door, and many have taken matters into their own hands by trying to persuade manager Mick McCarthy to have a change of heart.
Anderson has become a fans' favourite in Suffolk, especially after he scored his side's equaliser in the first leg of the semi-final against Norwich.
Over 500 people have signed a petition demanding that Anderson stays at the club, and they've even given reasons why it's a mistake to let him leave.
The reasons for renewing Anderson's contract according to the petition
- During the 2014/15 season, Paul Anderson achieved 7 assists. More than any other Ipswich Town player.
- Paul Anderson enjoys an excellent relationship with the fans, making him one of a number of players who have re-connected Ipswich Town supporters with the team after years in the wilderness.
- During the play-off semi-final against Norwich, Paul Anderson scored the equaliser at Portman Road, meaning that it was all to play for in the second leg.
- One of the main criticisms of Ipswich Town this season has been a lack of width. Anderson is one of very few players at the club capable of genuinely offering that.
- Anderson is a versatile player. When called upon this season, he has dutifully filled in at right-midfield, left-midfield, winger and full back. No doubt he'd be willing to try his hand at other positions if required.
- He is a passionate player who is vocal about his love of the club. This is rare in modern football.
Incidentally, McCarthy hasn't yet ruled out giving any of the five players a new deal later in the summer but did admit that the club aren't in a position to offer any of them anything at the present time.
Defender Elliott Hewitt has definitely been released by Town, but midfielder Jay Tabb has had his contract extended.