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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is keen for Gillingham to extend stay of Elliott Hewitt

27 January 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Elliot Hewitt goes in search of an equalising goal at Brentford. Picture Barry Goodwin

Elliott Hewitt. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gillingham have been given the green light by Ipswich to extend the loan stay of Elliott Hewitt.

The 19-year-old has started the last two matches, after returning to the Gills following his recovery from injury.

He has earlier made three appearances before having to return to Ipswich for treatment.

Hewitt, who started the season in Mick McCarthy’s first XI, is currently on a deal until the end of January.

And he now looks likely to stay at Priestfield for a little longer.

Ipswich boss McCarthy, speaking to his club’s official website, said: “Elliott needs to play games, he needs to see out the rest of the season playing another 20 matches.

“We will see then if he can come back here and start next season in the first-team.

Elliott Hewitt in action on Friday night at Brentford. Picture Barry Goodwin

Elliott Hewitt in action on Friday night at Brentford. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“I had a chat with (Gills manager) Peter Taylor and told him I’m looking for an experienced right-back and if I could get one in, I’d discuss Elliott staying there.

“He’s doing well there, Gillingham want to keep him and I’d be happy for him to stay there."

Ipswich have additional cover at right-back now that have signed Middlesbrough’s Frazer Richardson.

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