Carlos Edwards has issued a heartfelt thank you to Ipswich Town fans, as well as a sideways swipe at manager Mick McCarthy, after signing for Championship rivals Millwall.
The 35-year-old Trinidadian said recently that he felt ‘Suffolk born-and-bred’ following five years with the Blues, but McCarthy admitted back in March that he ‘may have to start looking to the future’.
Edwards finished the season on loan at Millwall, helping them avoid relegation, and yesterday completed a Bosman switch to The Den – signing a one-year deal with the option of a second year.
“I just really want to say thank you to the Ipswich fans because they showed me so much support – on and off the pitch,” said Edwards.
“It was a difficult time for me when the twins arrived (prematurely in 2011), but everyone associated with the club helped me and my wife.
“I’ll always have great memories from my time at Ipswich. I hope the fans have good memories of me too. I certainly always gave my best every time I pulled on the shirt.”
On not being offered a new deal at Portman Road, he said: “I’m actually still waiting for someone to say something to me.
“The manager sent me out on loan and I had a word with him then. He then sent me a text saying ‘all the best’ before my first game for Millwall. That was the last I heard from him.
“He should have tried to talk to me at the end of the season, even if it was just a five minute chat for him to say ‘this is the situation’.
“It has left a slightly bitter taste in my mouth because I expected a lot more from the gaffer really.”
Ipswich-based football advisor Ronnie Mauge was the middle man in the deal, the former Whitton United player/manager having played under Ian Holloway at Bristol Rovers.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Ollie,” said Edwards. “He’s made me feel wanted. The legs are still going, the mind is still wanting it, so I have to keep playing as long as I can because you’re a long time retired.
“I’m going to take my coaching badges and I don’t know if I’ll return to Ipswich one day in some sort of capacity, but I wish the club all the best for the future.”