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Ipswich Town extend contract of wantaway striker Tyreece Simpson

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Ipswich Town have activated the one-year option in Tyreece Simpson's contract.

Simpson's future has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks, ever since manager Kieran McKenna revealed that the Stowmarket-raised forward had informed the club of his desire to leave this summer.

Speaking to reporters in April, McKenna said: "His representatives spoke to the club a couple of weeks ago and expressed his wish that he wants to move on in the summer, so he's not training with the first team group at the moment and that's now the responsibility of the club to work with his representation and decide on a solution to that.

Tyreece Simpson's deal at Ipswich Town has been extended by 12 months. Picture: ITFC
Tyreece Simpson's deal at Ipswich Town has been extended by 12 months. Picture: ITFC

"As a football club we know the direction that we are going in. We can only make that clear to young players how we see their development pathway, what opportunities there might be and then people are free to make their decision from there.

"Tyreece is a 20-year-old young man, is still very early in his career and I don't think it does anyone any favours to speak too much detail any further than what's been said."

It came after Simpson had been recalled in January from a successful loan spell with Swindon Town, for whom he scored nine times from 25 appearances.

However, any interested parties will now have to part with a transfer fee to secure his services after Ipswich extended his deal until the summer of 2023.

The club has done the same thing with Tawanda Chirewa, an attacking midfielder who has caught the eye while turning out for the the under-18s and under-23s in recent months.

The Zimbabwean was also part of the senior squad during the penultimate League One fixture of 2021/22 at Crewe Alexandra.

Meanwhile, young striker Tommy Hughes has signed a new six-month deal with Town, having first agreed to professional terms with the club in 2020.

Hughes, who has had loan spells with local non-league sides Bury Town and Lowestoft Town, helped Ipswich's Under-23s to win the Professional Development League South Division last term.