Conference North Lowestoft Town looking to snap up Ipswich Town ace Omar Sowunmi this summer
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Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman admits the Blues are very keen to bring Omar Sowunmi to Crown Meadow on a permanent deal.
The Trawlerboys extended the 19-year-old's loan from Ipswich Town until the end of the season after he was told by the Championship side he can look for a new club.
Sowunmi is keen to stay in the professional game and will be trialling with several Football League sides during the summer. However, if a move doesn't materialise, Chapman confirmed the Trawlerboys would only be too keen to offer him a permanent home at the Meadow.
'We've got him for the rest of the season, which is great for everyone and of course we would like to keep him beyond that,' said Chapman, whose side entertain Hednesford Town this afternoon.
'We know Ipswich are going to release him but he's obviously keen to stay in the pro game and we wish him all the best of luck with that.
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'He has been for a few trials – I think Exeter are taking a look at him. But if he can't (get a deal) then I know there will be a contract here for him at Lowestoft at the end of the season. We would be delighted to have him on board.'
Sowunmi's stoppage-time winner at Leamington on Monday all but secured Lowestoft's Conference North status for next season. With three games to play they are nine points outside of the relegation zone and the Blues would have to lose all their remaining games, and Leamington win all theirs, for Lowestoft to finish in the bottom three.
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'Mathematically we aren't safe but barring a miracle we will be in the Conference next season,' said Chapman, who announced earlier this week that he is to retire at the end of the season.
'We obviously want to finish as high as possible so there won't be any let-up from the boys. But the boys have been different class – it's not a coincidence that we keep getting late goals. The lads just never know when they're beaten.
'You make your own luck in this league and if you keep going then you get your rewards.'
Andrew Fisk will miss this afternoon's clash with the calf injury picked up last weekend against Worcester while Jake Jessup could once again deputise for Ashlee Jones, who missed out on Monday with a knee problem.
'Even I could give Fisky (Fisk) a race at the moment – the weekend will come too soon for him,' confirmed Chapman, who is awaiting a hip replacement himself.
'Crowy (Danny Crow) is doing well and we are hopeful that we will get to see him again before the end of the season. Ashlee felt something go in his knee. But Archie (Jake Jessup) came in and by all accounts he was fantastic.'