Ipswich Town are limping towards relegation from the Championship this season, after their latest draw left them at the foot of the table, 13 points from safety with only eight matches remaining, heading into the international break.
For Tractor Boys manager Paul Lambert, though he will not admit it, he must be looking ahead to life in League One and in particular the players in his current squad who he will want to hold onto.
For midfielder Alan Judge, the future is uncertain, having only moved to Portman Road in January on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
So should Ipswich ensure they secure Judge to a new contract?
“Should they, or could they?
“There’s no certainty they could.
“If they go down, they need a clear out.
“Would Judge stand for that? I’m not so sure.”
“He deserves a new deal.
“Ipswich looked destined for League One this season and they need to start planning for life in the third tier of English football.
“Judge would be an excellent option to have in League One, and they should be getting him on a new deal ASAP.”
“They should as he’d be class in League One.
“But it all depends if the player wants to stay and if he is happy at Portman Road.
“There could well be interest in him in the summer, or there might not have been – it all remains to be seen.
“But it is imperative Ipswich tie Judge down.”