Ipswich Town boss in fight to keep Andrews and Collins

Danny Collins and Keith Andrews
Collins (left) and Andrews have contributed 11 goals between them this season

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has vowed to try to keep defender Danny Collins and midfielder Keith Andrews.

Collins will return to Stoke after Saturday's visit of Derby when his loan spell ends, while Andrews will re-join parent club Blackburn in January.

Jewell has already lost keeper David Stockdale, who was recalled by Fulham.

"It is a possibility that we might lose them as well," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk. "But we'll be fighting tooth and nail to keep them."

Jewell accepts that keeping hold of Republic of Ireland international Andrews will be difficult.

The 31-year-old, who has said , will be in high demand after netting eight times in 18 games for Town.

"We'd like to keep Keith and do a long-term deal," said Jewell.

"But I think there's quite a few interested parties. We would like to be there as well."

Collins, 31, arrived at Portman Road in September after being left out of Stoke's 25-man Premier League squad.

He has featured 15 times for the Championship strugglers and has previously said he would be open to remaining in Suffolk.

Jewell added: "I think he's enjoyed it here. He's done well because his wife's had a baby while he's been travelling up and down to Stoke.

"He's had a tough time as far as that's concerned and I think he's done really well for us."

Town will be less optimistic of re-signing Stockdale, who has impressed between the sticks despite playing behind the Football League's leakiest defence.

The 26-year-old was recalled by Fulham following the news that Mark Schwarzer will be sidelined for up to six weeks, meaning the Cottagers may need to keep Stockdale until after the January transfer window closes.

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