Ipswich Town defender Janoi Donacien voices desire for long-term stay – deal expires in 2022
Ipswich Town defender Janoi Donacien has said he hopes to stay at Portman Road for a “long time”, with his current deal expiring next summer.
As part of Paul Cook’s summer makeover, a whole host of first-team players left Ipswich Town.
However, among those to stay was versatile defender Janoi Donacien, despite spending the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan with Fleetwood Town.
Now, with the St. Lucian back in the side, the 27-year-old has voiced his desire for a long-term stay at Portman Road.
As quoted by the East Anglian Daily Times, Donacien has said he hopes to stay with the Tractor Boys for a “long time”, having made his way back into Cook’s side.
Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“The gaffer just said I would play, so I got my head down and worked hard. I’m happy.
“Hopefully I’ll be here a long time. I like it here.
“I spoke to the gaffer about playing in a number of positions and how useful that could be.”
The battle for a starting spot
As said by Donacien himself, his defensive versatility makes him a good asset for Cook’s side. He can provide cover and competition across the backline, with his most recent start coming at right-back.
Kane Vincent-Young’s display in the loss to Bolton Wanderers combined with Donacien’s role in the 1-0 win over Lincoln City could see him earn a starting berth at right-back.
However, his ability to play at centre-back means he could in the side even if Vincent-Young dislodges him. The same goes for left-back, with Hayden Coulson and Matt Penney the options there.
However, with his deal expiring next summer, Donacien will have to make a good impression if he wants to secure his long-term future at Portman Road.