Bowditch boost for Ipswich

Striker agrees 12-month deal

Bowditch: Staying at Portman Road

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Dean Bowditch has signed a new one-year contract extension with Championship side Ipswich.

The striker's previous deal expired at the end of last season and there were fears that he would be lured elsewhere.

However, the 22-year-old has agreed to prolong his time at Portman Road and will put pen-to-paper next week.

Bowditch is a product of the Tractor Boys' youth academy and burst onto the first-team scene as prodigious 16-year-old in 2003.

However, since then he has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the side and spent last season on loan at Brighton and Northampton.

Despite those problems he has decided to commit his future to the club, much to the delight of manager Jim Magilton.

"I've spoken to Dean and he is staying with us for another year," Magilton told the club's official website.

Deserved

Defender Chris Casement will also sign a new one-year deal next week, while Jordan Rhodes is preparing to prolong his stay at the club for a further three years.

Rhodes, 18, made eight appearances last season, scoring his first senior goal in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff.

While he is still adapting to life in the Championship, he notched more than 30 goals for Ipswich's reserve side and Magilton is pleased to have secured the youngster's services for the foreseeable future.

"Jordan made great progress last season and became an important member of the first-team squad," he said.

"The new contract is good news for him and he fully deserves it."