, ‘A bit gutted’ – Ipswich Town man makes transfer admission amid game time struggle

‘A bit gutted’ – Ipswich Town man makes transfer admission amid game time struggle

Ipswich Town loan man Lewis Travis has admitted he’s ‘a bit gutted’ not to have joined earlier as he believes it would have aided his bid for more minutes.

Ipswich Town recruited midfielder Travis in the January transfer window. He saw a move sanctioned by Blackburn Rovers in a development that surprised many, and it looked to be an impressive addition for Kieran McKenna.

However, despite his role as captain at Ewood Park and vast Championship experience, game time has been hard to come by for Travis at Portman Road. He’s played just five times, remaining an unused substitute on five occasions across all competitions.

The midfield partnership of Sam Morsy and Massimo Luongo has proven a tough one to break up.

Travis has now said that he believes he would have stood a better of chance of getting into the Ipswich Town side though had he joined before the start of the season instead. As quoted by the East Anglian Daily Times, he said:

“To be honest, I’m a bit gutted not to have been here all season because I feel like if I’d had a pre-season here, I’d have had a real chance to go and become a proper mainstay in the team.

“Coming halfway through the season, there’s already a really settled team here that’s doing brilliantly well. It isn’t an easy team to get into!”

Despite his clear desire to have played more with Ipswich Town, Travis went on to stress that his full focus is on helping the team where they can and staying prepared to come into McKenna’s side whenever called upon.

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It’s not an easy position to be a back up midfielder at Ipswich Town. Morsy and Luongo starred in the rise from League One and their experience and pedigree of Championship football has allowed them to step up comfortably this season.

Given the success of McKenna’s side and the importance of the midfield duo, it’s not easy to break into the side. That’s what Travis will have been hoping to do after joining from Blackburn Rovers, but even someone of his pedigree hasn’t been able to do so.

Time will tell just what the summer holds for him. A permanent stay at Portman Road may be unlikely given his limited action and back at his parent club, new boss John Eustace may well see a place for the club captain back in the side.

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