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Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook pleased to see Janoi Donacien sign a new contract



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Paul Cook was 'absolutely delighted' to see Janoi Donacien commit his future to Ipswich Town.

The club confirmed yesterday that the right-back, who joined the Tractor Boys in 2018 from Accrington Stanley, had signed a new deal that will keep him at Portman Road until the end of the 2022/23 campaign, with the club having the option to extend those terms by a further 12 months.

The new deal is reward for an impressive start to the season by the 28-year-old – one which saw him voted the club's Player of the Month for October.

Janoi Donacien has signed a new deal with Ipswich Town. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Janoi Donacien has signed a new deal with Ipswich Town. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"I'm absolutely delighted for Janoi. (He's) a very popular lad, a really good ambassador for the club off the pitch, no maintenance whatsoever from a staff point of view and then more importantly a very good player on the pitch," Ipswich boss Cook said during this morning's press conference.

"I felt it was a no-brainer to recommend to the club that we reward him and I think Mark (Ashton, CEO) was very quick on taking that up.

"You've seen Idris (El Mizouni) sign a new deal and now Janoi and it's great for the players – young Bailey (Clements) has been in the team the last couple of games – it sends a clear message out that it's not just about signing players, it's also about players within the building and proving that they should be in the team and Janoi has done that.

Paul Cook has described the decision to give Janoi Donacien a new contract as a 'no-brainer'. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Paul Cook has described the decision to give Janoi Donacien a new contract as a 'no-brainer'. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"We put together a squad last summer and in my opinion all the work is only just starting at Ipswich Town – that's how I look at it.

"Going forward we want the right characters in the building, we want players that are not just good on the pitch but are good around the club and around the community. The supporters can then relate with that and more importantly I think that leads to success on the pitch – that's what we all want."

Meanwhile, Donacien told the club's website: "I'm really happy to have it done. We've been speaking about it for a couple of weeks. I've been enjoying my football here and I want that to continue.

"I'm happy to be playing regularly and the group here is really close. We're getting stronger and I want to continue to be a part of that.

"I've received some nice messages from supporters and been getting some praise for my work. There is a good vibe and this is a really good place to be."

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