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Ex-Ipswich Man Set for Permanent Switch

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Former Ipswich Town defender Scott Mitchell is set to make his stay with AFC Sudbury a permanent one after a series….

….of impressive displays for the Ryman League Division One North club.

The 28-year-old’s ninety-three-day loan deal from Ryman Premier side Lowestoft Town expires on Thursday – but manager David Batch says the club have plans in place to ensure he is not about to play his last game for the Yellows.

Mitchell, who has recently be deployed as a holding central midfielder, missed the 2-1 league defeat at Aveley with illness but returned for Saturday’s FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round win at Hastings United after establishing himself as a key part of Batch’s plans.

“He will be signed on a full proper transfer before the end of the loan deal – that is all in hand,” revealed the AFC boss.

Of the former Livingston and Peterborough United player, he added: “He looks like a player who has been one of the best players in the league above, as simple as that.

“Whatever position I have put him in he has done well.”

Ryan Henshaw, who has scored in three consecutive games in starring performances from central defence, was another player singled out for praise, but has been challenged to now hit the next level.

“Right since the start of the season he has done an excellent job for us,” said Batch.

“He has learned what he needs to do and we have seen an improvement in him this season and hopefully that will not stop.

“There are things he needs to add to become even better.”

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