Ambrose open to Ipswich switch

Addicks winger keen on possible return to Portman Road

Ambrose: Contract expires next summer

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Darren Ambrose admits he would welcome the opportunity to return to his roots at Ipswich.

The winger is currently on the books of Charlton, but his contract at The Valley is due to expire next summer and discussions regarding an extension have not been forthcoming.

He will be allowed to begin talking to other clubs in January should the Addicks decide against offering a new deal, with Ipswich expected to be one of the sides in the frame.

Jim Magilton has made no secret of his admiration for Ambrose and has previously looked at the possibility of taking the 24-year-old on loan.

Flattering

Ambrose said in the Green'Un: "It is difficult for me as I've never been in this position with one year left on my contract.

"I'm just looking to go into this year and perform better than I have done over the past few years.

"It is flattering that a man like Jim would say that about me. I have played with him so he knows what kind of player I am.

"Anything can happen in the future but for the moment I'm focused on Charlton and hoping we can do well and we will see."

Operation

Ambrose accepts that the main factor behind Charlton's reluctance to offer him a contract has been his recent injury problems.

A long-standing hip problem has seen him sidelined on numerous occasions, although that issue has now been resolved by surgery.

"It was playing on my mind. When I went into the op it was worse than they first thought, but they were able to clear it all up," he added.

"Everyone wants to be playing and I missed the first seven games of this season and a few last year but now I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."

Impact

Ambrose began his professional career with Ipswich after joining the club's academy system as a youngster.

He enjoyed 18 months of first-team action at Portman Road before being snapped up by Newcastle in 2003.

However, he failed to make a consistent impact on Tyneside and moved on to Charlton two years later.