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Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards on his contract situation, goal-scoring record and the team's mentality heading into crucial Easter games




Despite his contract coming to an end with no dialogue currently ongoing, Gwion Edwards insists he is only focused on delivering his best displays to get Ipswich Town into the Sky Bet League One play-offs.

The winger who turned 28 last month is among 13 first-team players who are out of contract this summer at Portman Road.

But when he appeared in front of the local media today he said he certainly doesn't feel the situation is distracting him in any way from giving his all to the team's objectives.

Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards on the ball at Portsmouth Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town winger Gwion Edwards on the ball at Portsmouth Picture: Barry Goodwin

And in some ways, the player signed from divisional rivals Peterborough United for a fee reported to be £700,000 in January 2018, says it is no different to being tied into a deal.

"Even if you're under contract and got a long contract you're still playing for your future each day.

"You know that in football nothing is sure and if you're got a three-year contract the club can get ride of you at any time.

Gwion Edwards is one of a raft of first team players out of contract at Portman Road this summer Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gwion Edwards is one of a raft of first team players out of contract at Portman Road this summer Picture: Barry Goodwin

"I've always been playing for my future so me being out of contract is obviously something that is at the back of my mind but it is not something I am worried about.

"My main concentration is to try and push as a team and as a club to get into the play-offs."

He added: “Obviously, I’m curious about where I’m going to be next season, whether it’s here at Ipswich or elsewhere.

“It would be nice to know but, like I said, it’s not bothering me too much. The main concentration for me and the club is to get into the play-offs.

"I’m sure like others in the team they will sit down at the end of the season and decide our futures then."

Asked how big the Easter weekend is for currently 11th-placed Town, with second-from-bottom Bristol Rovers visiting Portman Road tomorrow (3pm) before a trip to basement side Rochdale on Monday, Edwards said: "Yes, it's big.

"We've prepared this week for it so we're looking to take what we have done on the training pitch into both games and hopefully we can get three points in both the game and build from it."

We can feel their frustrations but I don't think you can question the players we have got have worked hard through the manager we did have and now under the new manager - Gwion Edwards on the questioning of the side's mentality

Following Gillingham's 1-0 home win against Wigan Athletic last night, Paul Cook's side are three points adrift of the top six but with three games in hand on the Gills.

And asked if six points was a must over the next two games to keep their play-off bid realistically alive, given seventh place Blackpool are one point off sixth with a game in hand on Town, the Welsh midfielder said: "Yes, I think it does.

"Obviously we are going to start on Friday and if we can get the win on Friday we will build off that.

"We have got a good run-in now and every game is massive if we want to get into those play-offs."

The mentality of the side has come into question recently from the fans, and even Cook himself, but Edwards feels they are putting everything in.

"Obviously they are entitled to their opinion. They pay good money to come and watch and support us and we appreciate that and we've missed them a lot in and around the grounds home and away.

"We can feel their frustrations but I don't think you can question the players we have got have worked hard through the manager we did have and now under the new manager.

"And hopefully we can get it right for us as a club and obviously for the fans so we can get into the play-offs and give something back to the fans which would be an amazing feeling."

With Cook having said that perhaps his squad did not believe themselves in being able to finish in the top six, Edwards felt that was not the case from his perspective.

"Personally I belive and most of the lads believe," he said.

"We are so close we are in touching distance of it. And if we can get the three points on Friday we can build and get that momentum. That is the only way we can do it, building off Friday and it is going to be a long month but there is no reason why we can't do it."

Edwards also revealed he is being coached to play a bit of a different way under his new manager.

"Obviously every manager has a different style or play or wants something slightly different," he said.

"I am trying to play more inside as a winger now so on and off the ball there is different things he is trying to put into us as players which is good and it's enjoyable as we are learning new stuff each day."

He also hopes he can recapture his early season form which saw him score five goals in the opening nine games.

"I'm not too sure (why it's dried up), it's just how football goes," he said. "You have spells where everything is going right for you and every shot is going in but I obviously got the assist the other week at Portsmouth.

"It is just trying to get into those right areas and I think the final ball has got to be a lot better from me. I've been working on that this week so hopefully that will transfer on to a match day."

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