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Ipswich Town stalwarts Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse will not have contracts renewed - but boss Paul Cook pays tribute to their magnificent service at Portman Road



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Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse have both played their last game for Ipswich Town after magnificent service to the club on and off the pitch, the club has confirmed this afternoon.

Skipper Chambers, 35, joined the Blues in the summer of 2012 and has hardly missed a game over the last nine years, with his tally of 396 matches seeing him hold down a place in the Town's top 10 all-time appearance makers.

In that time he has scored 19 goals and led the team out for a majority of those games.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Dai Cornell hugs captain Luke Chambers after the whistle went on what was his final competitive game for the club in yesterday's 3-1 home win against Fleetwood Town FC..League Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town goalkeeper Dai Cornell hugs captain Luke Chambers after the whistle went on what was his final competitive game for the club in yesterday's 3-1 home win against Fleetwood Town FC..League Picture: Barry Goodwin

Skuse, 35, arrived at Portman Road in the summer of 2013 and immediately became the defensive lynchpin in midfield.

He has gone on to make 277 appearances in his time in a Town shirt, with the first of his two goals for Blues, a 25 yarder in a 3-1 win over Cardiff in 2015, winning the club’s goal of the season award.

Both players appeared in the 3-1 win over Fleetwood yesterday in Town’s final game of the 2020/21 Sky Bet League One campaign and are now out of contract at Portman Road and free to move on.

Myles Kenlock embraces Cole Skuse following the final whistle in his last match for Ipswich Town yesterday Picture: Barry Goodwin
Myles Kenlock embraces Cole Skuse following the final whistle in his last match for Ipswich Town yesterday Picture: Barry Goodwin

“Chambo and Cole have been exemplary pros for this football club,” Town boss Paul Cook told the club website.

“Not only are they very good footballers, they are stand-out men in the way they conduct themselves.

“They have been a pleasure to work with in my short time here and you won’t find better role models for young players coming through.

“We thank them for their fantastic service to Ipswich Town Football Club and wish them every success in whatever they do going forward.”

Captain Luke Chambers has been a stalwart of Ipswich Town's defence since joining the club in 2021 and entered the Blues' all-time top 10 appearance makers this season Picture: Barry Goodwin
Captain Luke Chambers has been a stalwart of Ipswich Town's defence since joining the club in 2021 and entered the Blues' all-time top 10 appearance makers this season Picture: Barry Goodwin

Chambers and Skuses' confirmed departures adds to a list that already included midfielder Alan Judge and left-back Stephen Ward.

A number of other out-of-contract players at the club are expected to learn if they are to get new deals in meetings taking place today.

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