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Tyreece Simpson tells Ipswich Town his desire to leave Portman Road this summer

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Young striker Tyreece Simpson has told Ipswich Town that he wants to leave Portman Road this summer.

The 20-year-old returned to Suffolk in January after a successful loan spell with League Two side Swindon Town due to an issue with his contract.

Simpson has spent much of his time with the Under-23s since returning, and informed the club that he wanted to leave a couple of weeks ago.

Tyreece Simpson signing his first contract. Picture: ITFC
Tyreece Simpson signing his first contract. Picture: ITFC

"At the moment, Tyreece is not training with the group," said manager Kieran McKenna.

"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.

"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."

The youngster had scored 11 goals during his time at the County Ground, leaving fans with hopes that he could be a player for the future.

However, his decision leaves Town almost definitely needing a striker this summer, with decisions still yet to be made regarding the futures of Kayden Jackson, James Norwood and Macauley Bonne.