Paul Cook said he would be the demolition man when it came to sorting out Ipswich Town’s squad at the end of the 2020/21 season – and he wasn’t lying.
Cook has started the rebuilding process weeks before the season ended, with Alan Judge’s departure being confirmed and the next name to be confirmed as leaving was his former Ireland international team-mate Stephen Ward.
Yesterday though saw more players head to the exit door, including experienced pros Cole Skuse and Luke Chambers who played over 600 league games for the Tractor Boys between them – and they were followed by four other players who won’t be sticking around when their contracts are up on June 30.
Freddie Sears – a long-serving player who joined in January 2015 – will depart following over six years service to the Suffolk club, and he will be joined by defender James Wilson and midfielders Emyr Huws and Tristan Nydam.
Wilson is a real surprise as even though he only played 17 times in League One this season, he was still named Player of the Year by Ipswich’s supporters club.
Quiz: Did these 18 players make more than 100 Ipswich Town appearances?
Huws meanwhile played just nine times in the league and has had an injury-hit spell at Portman Road, whilst Nydam – born and bred in the Ipswich academy – has also struggled with injuries for the last two years.
In the cases of Nydam and Wilson there’s a lot of disappointment that they’ve been allowed to leave and supporters have been reacting to the news on Twitter.
Nydam and Wilson were unexpected
— Tom (@TomMollatt) May 10, 2021
Umm what? Nydam and Wilson…. no way. Nope. Nope. Nope
— Cameron Willett (@CameronWillet16) May 10, 2021
If Wilson goes but Nsiala stays then I’m done
— George Robinson (@GeorgeRobbo_14) May 10, 2021
Full faith in cook
— Greg Found (@gregclarkefound) May 10, 2021
Nydam decision, and the Club then post a photo of him with the comment “ One of our own”. Woeful.
— @LowieBlue (@lowieblue) May 10, 2021
This is a hell of a clear out! Much needed though
— derry bannister💙 (@derrybannister) May 10, 2021
Wilson player of the season, but gets released? Makes sense 🤔🙄
— Daniel Hayde (@_danhayde) May 10, 2021
Letting TN and Wilo go is the wrong decision. TN has potential and without injury is a great player. Wilson is the supporters player of the season and not only that but he is a great and experienced player also. Sears and Huws was a no brainier for me, dead wood for me. #itfc
— Taylor Poole (@taylorpoole239) May 10, 2021
You spelt nsiala wrong nydam isn’t how you spell it
— Paul Milner (@swadlad) May 10, 2021