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·3 February 2023

As it stands, these players will leave Ipswich Town this summer

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Ipswich Town have invested in the medium and long term future of the squad with their recruitment in the last few transfer windows.

The Tractor Boys have assembled something close to a Championship-ready squad in that time, and will remain confident that they are going to seal promotion back to the second tier this season.

Kieran McKenna may need to utilise all of the squad depth at his disposal for Ipswich to climb above one of Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle in automatic promotion race, and it will be interesting to see which players gain the former Manchester United coach’s trust in the pressure encounters to come.

Here, we have taken a look at the Ipswich players who will leave the club this summer, should they not sign a contract extension…

Joel Coleman, Richard Keogh, Massimo Luongo and Sone Aluko are out of contract at the end of the season, as are Janoi Donacien and Kane Vincent-Young, but the Tractor Boys have the option to extend the latter duo’s deals by a further year.

Tyreece John-Jules and George Hirst’s loan spells in Suffolk are set to end in the summer as well.

Looking at those initial six names, the squad is so large that is hard to see the club missing the first four, a fully fit Massimo Luongo could be an asset, but the Australian has not made a league appearance since the 2021/22 League One play-offs with Sheffield Wednesday.

Christian Walton is set to be first choice at Portman Road for many years to come, meaning that Coleman is mainly competing for opportunities in cup competitions, while Richard Keogh’s role in the side could be at least as important off the pitch as it is on it.

Aluko has only started three games in League One this season, and the former Rangers forward is set to struggle for opportunities in the remainder of the campaign, with Nathan Broadhead and Hirst arriving in January to add further competition for places in the final third.

Donacien has transitioned from a full back who was in and out of the side, to a key cog in McKenna’s back three in the last year or so, and therefore it would be a huge surprise to see Town opt against exercising the option to extend his contract in the summer.

Vincent-Young’s injury record and current status in the first team hierarchy may work against him though, with the 26-year-old edging towards the end of the four-year deal that he signed after arriving from Colchester United in the summer of 2019.

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The Londoner’s versatility increases his value to Ipswich as a squad player, but he has only picked up two starts in the league so far this term.

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