Being an Ipswich Town fan must be rather boring.
Having been in the Championship for 15 years now, and having not surpassed the third round of the FA Cup for 7 years, times have been tough for Town since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2002.
Manager, Mick McCarthy, has been at the club for five years, and another season of mediocrity saw fans calling for his head earlier in the season.
An FA Cup replay defeat at non-league Lincoln City was a low point in the season, although credit must be due to the Imps, who went on to knock Champions elect, Brighton, out of the competition, as well as Premier League, Burnley.
McCarthy will take solace from Lincoln’s run, and the magic of the FA Cup, but a Championship side should be winning those sort of games.
One highlight in Ipswich’s distinctly average season is the performances of Leicester loanee, Tom Lawrence.
The Welshman has been extremely impressive for The Tractor Boys this season, and has mustered 9 goals, and a further 9 assists, in the league this year.
The former Manchester United trainee will return to his parent club this summer, and a huge void will be left in Leicester’s attack by his absence.
Lawrence will need to be replaced, and this former Manchester City star could be the man to fill the hole.
This may be a surprise to many, but Stephen Ireland still exists.
After breaking onto the scene at Manchester City in 2005, the Irish midfielder was a victim of the Arab takeover at the Etihad, and was sold to Aston Villa in 2010 after scoring 16 times in 138 appearances for his boyhood club.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the player will be free to discuss a free transfer, and Ireland may fancy a link up with countryman, McCarthy.
A number of Irish players have passed through the doors at Portman Road, and the current crop from the Emerald Isle include striker, Leon Best, and midfielder, Jonathan Douglas.
Ireland hasn’t appeared for the Potters this season, and will be departing the Bet365 Stadium this summer.
If the player can recapture the form that brought him to prominence at Manchester City, then the 30 year old could be a welcome addition to this Ipswich side.
A short term deal for the player could prove a shrewd move, and a gamble on the Cork born man could pay dividends for Mick McCarthy next season.