The Ipswich Town midfielder will be staying at Portman Road for another 12 months.

Jonathan Douglas, the international for the Republic of Ireland side, has exercised a clause in his contract which means that he will be extending his stay at Portman Road for at least a year, and has plans to stay even longer, according to the club.

Douglas has had a successful season at Portman Road, making a total of 33 appearances this season, and has become a reliable asset for Mick McCarthy in that midfield position.

The midfielder originally made the move from Brentford, who Ipswich face at home this Saturday, and need to grab all three points, if there are any hopes for Mick McCarthy’s side to push into a Play-Off position.

Ipswich are currently 8th in the Championship, accruing 60 points, seven points behind the Rams who hold the final Play-Off spot. Upcoming games for Ipswich include: Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham and Middlesbrough, each of which the midfielder could be key for Mick McCarthy’s side to grab results.

Douglas had the following comments on the situation:

“I’m delighted to be staying and I still think I can play for another couple of years.

“I have reached a number of games that triggers a new contract for me, so as far as I’m concerned I will be here next season.

“I’m really enjoying it here and want to carry on playing as long as possible.

“We face Brentford this weekend and hopefully we can get a win and push for the Play-Offs, as it’s still a possibility.

“We have to have belief that we can make it. We have to keep going, keep working hard and see where it takes us.

“We have a really good squad here and with Didz [David McGoldrick] and Bish [Teddy Bishop] back, that has been made stronger.

Let us know in the comment section below your thoughts on the loan extension for the Republic of Ireland international.

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