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Lambe still sweating on new deal

Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has told some of the club's youngsters whether they can expect to be kept on at the end of the season.

The Blues have 11 first and second-year professionals whose terms are up in June, including Bermuda midfielder Reggie Lambe.

Jewell has already indicated his intentions to some of the players and in the meantime would like as many of them as possible to go out on loan: “I've spoken to some of them, so they're aware of it,” he said.

“It's difficult really because the reserve league we have isn't testing the players, which is why I'm pleased that Ronan Murray has gone out on loan.

“I've sent a memo out to all League One and League Two clubs that the young players are all available for loan because then we can see them for real. I've spoken to them about what may happen with them in the future.”

Former Wigan boss, Jewell, said he has been impressed by some of his younger players but believes they need to play in a more competitive environment: “I've been impressed with all the young players since I've been here. In training they're working really hard and they've played well in all the matches, but they haven't been tested.

“They get tested in training to some extent but to actually see them in a real, live game where it means something is what I'm interested in.

“I remember when I was a young player at Liverpool, playing in the reserves every week and every week scoring goals. Then I went to Wigan for a month and went ‘Wow! What's this about!' It's a huge shock to the system.

“It's good for your education, it does broaden you and hopefully it'll make them realise how good a club it is here and make them work even harder to get into our team.”

Jewell feels his squad is currently one of two parts, the senior pros and youngsters, who, in the main, are not yet ready for first team football: “We have a bit of a void in our squad.

“We've got what you'd call first team players and then 11 first and second-year pros. There's a bit of an imbalance in the squad,” he said.

“Next year, hopefully, I want 20 top Championship outfield players trying to get in the team.

“I want 22 players that are proven at Championship level, and above hopefully, trying to get in the first team and almost like a development squad on top of that. But at the moment we've got a bit of an imbalance.”

The Blues boss envisages some of Town's youngsters being farmed out for the entirety of next season.

“I would like some of the young players to go out on loan for the season next year because I think there's nothing like playing football. And unfortunately you can get used to not playing,” said Jewell. “They turn up, they train, they go home. There's no edge at the end of the week.

“I think the edge has completely gone from reserve team football, it's almost like a ‘carry me' style football where there's no tackling, there's no tempo to it. I want the players to go out and learn what the game's about.”

Lambe, 19, has made four appearances for Town this season.

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Published March 15, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 15, 2011 at 10:34 am)

Lambe still sweating on new deal

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