Date: 19th January 2011 at 4:18pm
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Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has recalled maligned midfielder Lee Martin from his loan spell at Charlton Athletic, offering the player a chance to kickstart his Blues career.

Martin was signed from Manchester United by previous boss Roy Keane in summer 2009, with the fee believed to have been around £1.5m. However, the 23-year-old came under criticism at Portman Road having failed to impress in his first season and has been on loan with the League One Addicks since August 2010.

Martin, who scored two goals in 20 appearances for Charlton, was due to remain at The Valley until the end of this season. However, new Town boss Paul Jewell, who recently promised that every player will be granted a ‘clean slate’ to prove themselves, has decided to call Martin back four months early. The decision may prove controversial among Blues fans who have yet to see any return on the considerable sum Keane spent on the youngster, but perhaps that is all the more reason to give him another chance.

Meanwhile Jewell is also taking steps to deal with the many Town players whose contracts are set to expire at the end of this season. An astonishing 21 players will be out of contract in the summer as it stands, including many first team stars. Carlos Edwards has been offered a new deal, but Gareth McAuley has recently rejected an offer proposed to him while David Norris has warned Town to secure his future if they do not wish for him to speak to other clubs.

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