Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has said he expects Jay Tabb to leave in the summer.

The Tractor Boys have begun talks with some of the players who’s contracts will be up in the summer. While it looks likely that Tommy Smith and Luke Hyam will be signing new deals, McCarthy is becoming increasingly resigned that Tabb will be leaving Portman Road when his contract expires.

Tabb initially joined on a loan deal from Reading in 2013 before making his deal permanent in the summer. He then went on to make 76 appearances and score 4 goals but this season he hasn’t made a league appearance and won’t want to stay at a club where his only action comes at the reserves.

This means that after three years, Tabb is most likely going to leave the club and try and get the first team football he wants elsewhere.

Talking about Tabb, McCarthy told the Sudbury Mercury: “There is every chance Tabby will move on in the summer but for now he’s still one of our players,”

“Tabby will know that, he’s not played many games this season, but when he first came here he was one of the reasons we stayed up. He added so much to us.”

“I remember his debut at Peterborough, he was great, he’s just a little dynamo that keeps going. He’s well-loved and respected by all the fans for what he does.”

“We’ll see, but he’ll probably be one that moves on.”

“He’s uncomplicated, low-maintenance, a terrific guy and a really top, top pro.”