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Tractor Boys To Reward Cresswell

Ipswich Town Manager Paul Jewell has said he will offer an improved contract to Aaron Cresswell.

The 21-year-old left-back joined the club in a the summer from Tranmere Rovers on a three year deal.

He has since played every minute of every league game and Jewell is now poised to reward him for an impressive start to his Portman Road career.

“I said to his agent at the start of the season ‘if he does well, we’ll improve his deal’,” Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

“I won’t let him sit back and relax, and he won’t, he wants to kick on.”

Cresswell’s performances this season have made him a stand-out addition to the Portman Road ranks, among a list of new arrivals which also included Michael Chopra, Lee Bowyer and Jay-Emmanuel Thomas.

“It took a while, four to six weeks I think, before he thought he belonged here, but he’s come on a bundle and we think there’s a lot more in him,” said Jewell.

“We want to reward him because he’s proved he’s a valuable member of the squad.”

“When we signed him, everybody was talking about Chopra and others, but Cressy might turn out to be one of our top signings.”

The full-back, whose move could cost Ipswich over £500,000 depending on appearances, has admitted he has established himself in the Championship quicker than expected.

“My main target when I first came down was to just try to work my way into the team and to fight for the left-back position,” he explained.

“If any young lad does well I’m sure the gaffer will reward them.”

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