Ipswich Town could be set to lose leading scorer Kayden Jackson after the player rejected a new contract deal, as reported by Football Insider.
The Tractor Boys face a second successive season in the third-tier after finishing tenth in the League One table, but they may have to do that without joint leading scorer Jackson, who bagged 11 goals. He started 28 league games for Paul Lambert’s side as they finished tenth, bagging the same number of goals as summer signing James Norwood.
Jackson began his career at Swindon, playing for both Tamworth and Wrexham before a move to Barnsley in July 2016. After a disappointing loan spell with Grimsby, he wound up at Accrington Stanley, for whom he made a real impact, helping them win League Two in 2017/18. That led to a reported £1m transfer to Portman Road under Paul Hurst, where he settled after a difficult first season.
He penned a three-year deal upon arrival, which ends at the conclusion of this season, That would mean he is free to discuss a potential move in January, although the club also have a one-year option they could potentially exercise, making it difficult for him to leave for nothing. However, it is also possible that Ipswich could be pressured into a move if they look like losing their investment for free in two years time.
It’s believed a number of Championship clubs are circling, although none are named in the report.
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This is an interesting situation because Jackson can’t walk away for free with ease. rejecting a new deal s brave, especially in the current climate and considering Ipswich are likely to be challenging at the top of the table this coming season.
It seems a little outlandish from a player who was given his big chance by Ipswich after failing at Barnsley, and with wages dropping across the divisions the average Joe might think security would be preferred to instability. The only explanation would be he’s either holding out for more money, or a Championship club have indicated that they fancy taking a punt on him.
It’s not terrible news for Ipswich though, not if they get a fee for him, as right now it is a buyers market for those who have the money to spend.