Key Ipswich figure reveals new contract deal for senior player

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Ipswich Town captain Sam Morsy has revealed that Kayden Jackson is about to get a new contract with the Tractor Boys.

The striker’s career at Portman Road appeared to be over under Paul Cook, with the 28-year-old only appearing twice in Ligue 1 in the first half of the season as well as a few outings in cup competitions.

Cook’s replacement in the dugout, Kieran McKenna, decided to give Jackson a clean slate, knocking him off the bench in early January against Gillingham.

Since then, Jackson has played regularly for the Suffolk side as they push for a play-off spot, and he has also returned among the goals, scoring three times in his last six appearances and bagging three assists during that time. . .

And with Jackson’s contract due to expire this summer, the club are apparently set to tie the striker down to a new deal, with Morsy announcing the news on The Totally Football League Show.

“For a long part of the season he wasn’t sniffed at, didn’t get involved, but he was very well behaved, got on with his job, kept his head down, was calm,” Morsy said of Jackson.

“Then the new manager came, he had an opportunity, he did very well and he ended up getting injured.

“But I just thought he was a great example just because he wasn’t in the team, he wasn’t involved but he maintained he was a very good professional.

“And then when he did [get in the squad], he definitely tried his luck. He’s out of contract this summer and I’m led to believe he’ll sign a new contract here, which is great for him.

The verdict

Much like James Norwood, Jackson worked his way into the team under McKenna and until the injury he picked up against Portsmouth he was thriving.

It seems it only took a little bit of trust from a manager in him to perform well again – something he may not have experienced under Cook and potentially Paul Lambert during his final months.

Ipswich fans know Jackson is a goalscorer, having netted 11 league goals for them in the 2019-20 season, and had he played consistently this season he might have reached a similar tally.

A few months ago it would have been crazy to suggest that Jackson would get a new contract at Portman Road, but fans will probably be happy to see him stick around a bit longer.

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