Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers has insisted that he would love to sign a new contract with the club this summer.
As things stand, Chambers is one of a long list of Ipswich players whose current deals with the club are set to expire at the end of this season, meaning there is plenty of uncertainty around Portman Road at the minute.
However, one thing that does seem to be clear, is Chambers’ desire to remain with the club beyond the end of the current campaign.
Speaking about the prospect of putting pen to paper on a new deal with The Tractor Boys, Chambers was quoted by The East Anglian Daily Times as saying: “There are lots of players out of contract. There will be change at the football club but if you want to be a part of Paul Cook’s Ipswich moving forward then this is a massive opportunity for everyone.
“I absolutely want to be a part of it. My ambition for the club to be successful hasn’t changed. I’ve played virtually every game this season again but we’ll see what happens.
“I’m just trying to do my bit for the team and am enjoying doing everything I can.”
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Despite that, it seems there is still much to be decided with regards to the future, with talks seemingly yet to be held over new deals, with Chambers going onto reveal: “We’re not talking about contracts – I don’t think anyone is. At the end of the day we’ve had two years of mediocrity at the club so you have to try and take your opportunity when it comes.
“It’s never going to be an easy conversation to have but I’m fully behind what the club and the gaffer are trying to do.
“As soon as we get everyone (fans) back in this place and we can all see what the gaffer wants to do, if he’s allowed to do it, then that’s something I really want to be part of.”
Since joining Ipswich from Nottingham Forest back in the summer of 2012, Chambers has gone on to make 393 appearances in all competitions for the club, with the defender scoring 19 goals in that time.
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At 35-years-old, Chambers is admittedly coming towards the latter stages of his career, but he has still had a significant part to play for Ipswich this season.
With that in mind, you wonder whether it could be worth the club looking to keep him around for a bit longer yet, given his experience and knowledge of Ipswich could be useful for some of the younger players or new signings coming through at Portman Road.
Indeed, it could be argued that Ipswich could benefit from providing their players with some clarification on contracts, then they can start to focus on immediate issues on the pitch, without the distraction of their longer term futures to worry about.