Date: 16th September 2016 at 3:50pm
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Thomas Jefferson Smith has been a loyal servant to Ipswich Town and has been with us as a professional footballer since 2007 when he signed a three year contract with the club.

More recently he extended his contractual obligations yet further and is set to stay with the blues until 2019 with an option for a further year, if all parties are agreed.

Our centre back is still only 26 and yet he has been a loyal servant to the club and has played for New Zealand alone a total of 29 times – including that World Cup adventure in 2010 in South Africa, when his nation did not lose a single game but still failed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competiton.

Tommy has played in a Town shirt almost 250 times to date and his loss as a result of a serious back injury, might mean he will be unavailable for selection for the next three months unfortunately.

This is because he will need an operation and manager Mick McCarthy explained the current state of play.’It`s going to be a lengthy one. He`ll get it done, we`ll get the best people doing it and it`ll probably be 12 weeks. We`re going to miss Tommy. He came back and he was excellent in the games he played.’

A bright spark on the excellent Those Were The Days website posted his thoughts on the subject.

‘I feel sorry for Tommy but can’t help wondering if this had happened last season would MM had moved CHAMBERS across to centre back and actually had a right back playing at right back? No, of course not. How silly of me.’

Paul Cooper is God shares my sentiments entirely on the subject of moving Luke back to where he surely belongs!

The good news… and there is some good news, is that Freddie Sears is back and raring to go but he badly needs a goal to boost his confidence, after his well publicised goal-drought.

It seems a lifetime since he last scored for the Tractor Boys and it probably seems even longer for him sadly.

I desperately hope he gets on the scoresheet tomorrow and his chances of breaking his 32 game duck may still depend on him being played as a central striker and not a winger which has become the norm for some time now.

Cole Skuse has also recovered from his bout of flu and it looks as if he was fairly isolated in the dressing room too, if no one else contracted it?

Some may say his recovery is also a bit of a backward step but then again Skuse does not know how to go forward does he?

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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