Paul Jewell admits Andy Drury could now have a role to play at Ipswich Town after dismissing Crawley Town's 'bid' for the midfielder.
Drury has recently completed a three-month loan spell at Crawley, where he scored four goals in 15 appearances for the League Two club.
Crawley boss Steve Evans confirmed earlier this week that the club had seen a 'significant' offer rejected and he would not be increasing the bid.
However, Jewell says the offer was half the amount previously agreed between the two clubs and that Drury now has a chance to make an impact at Portman Road.
"They've made it sound like we turned down a bid, but it's not quite like that," Jewell told the East Anglian Daily Times.
"We agreed a fee before he went on loan, which we said they could buy him for if he did well for them.
"Twelve wins and three draws is obviously not good enough though, because the bid was half of what we agreed - I wouldn't even call it a bid."
He added: "The loan spell will have done him the world of good confidence-wise.
"He's not really been given a chance to have a long run in the team to be fair to Andy, but he comes back into consideration now."