Ipswich Town have potential right-back and striker loanees lined up

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
6:00 AM

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy will look to dip into the loan market if the slow start to the season continues.

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The ‘emergency’ loan window opens for Football League clubs again this week and the EADT understands that the Blues have a number of targets – primarily right-backs and strikers – lined up.

Nothing is imminent, with McCarthy not panicking following a return of just four points from the opening five games of the campaign. Performances have been encouraging and back-to-back home games against Middlesbrough (Saturday) and Yeovil (next Tuesday) represent a golden chance to ignite the season.

Should those games not go to plan, however, then owner Marcus Evans – having limited expenditure over the summer – is prepared to loosen the purse strings, within reason, for one or two temporary additions.

With Elliott Hewitt having been dropped for the 1-1 draw at Birmingham and Luke Chambers operating as a makeshift right-back, McCarthy is considering whether an experienced player is needed to fill the void of Richard Stearman in that position.

Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley has been linked following his publicised fall-out with Paolo Di Canio at The Stadium of Light, but the EADT understands that his £32,000-a-week wages – even if heavily-subsidised – would prevent a switch to Portman Road.

Town’s strikeforce of David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy and Frank Nouble has contributed just one goal between them at the start of the new season, with their overall record for the club since McCarthy took over reading 13 in 73 appearances. Paul Taylor, meanwhile, remains short of fitness following his long-term injury.

Southampton’s Billy Sharp is available, but the Premier League club are unwilling to subsidise his £18,000-a-week wages at present. Unless that stance softens, then he too would be out of Ipswich’s price range.

There were 16 different players on loan at Portman Road during a rollercoaster 2012/13 campaign, with McCarthy insistent that he would not allow the core of his squad to be made up of borrowed players during his first full season in charge. He has certainly delivered on that promise, with Ryan Tunnicliffe the only loanee in his 22-man first team squad at present.

Speaking last December, he said: “I want to be the master of my own destiny. We might have five loan players again next season, but I’ll make sure we’ve got 18 others to supplement them. I wouldn’t want this situation again going forward.”

37 comments

  • It's all too easy to blame MM for failing to address the obvious striker problems but he is just one man. There is a simple reason good strikers are not in the team - MONEY.At the start of the summer MM made it very clear indeed (on talksport) that he was very unhappy with the budget he had been given. There has been a reduction in what ME has invested in the squad and for a number of years people who have predicted that the increasing amount of debt would cause the purse strings to tighten year on year are being proved right in spite of how much they have been shouted down for pointing this out. Town's spiralling debt, albeit to the owner, has a detrimental effect on the playing budget. ME has let his actions speak for him and it has been clear that he no longer wants to throw good money after bad. I can imagine he is a seriously worried man, worrying whether he will ever see any of the £80m debt owed to him by the club back. The last thing he will want to do is lend anymore of the folding stuff and that people is the problem. Town are nowhere near getting promoted and so we can expect the debt to increase still further which has the knock on effect of a further tightening of the purses strings, continued failure in the transfer market, a failure to gain promotion leading to a further increase in the debt, a further tightening of the purse strings and so on and so on. The team is simply not good enough to dig ME out of the problem he has helped create by getting promoted. He invested "heavily" when he first arrived at the club, presumably thinking he could buy a promotion and its gone steadily downhill since. It's so sad to see the club that I have followed for over 30 years through thick and thin is barely surviving and just how it's managed to get into this terrible mess and slow decline is almost beyond comprehension. ME has been the single worst thing that's happened to ITFC in its history and is nothing more than a mill stone around the neck of the club. As long as ME is associated with ITFC it will NEVER be a premier league club.

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    bluearmy78

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Another regurgitated soundbite Steroo. They are getting older than my grandads socks. Once again I see a no attempt to rebut my reasoning due in the most part to a lack of ability to make a coherent arguement. Why don't you make some more nonsense up though, stick to what your good at yeah?

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • The comments on here are far too long and very boring, Get your editors on the job please.

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    Rex Ide

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Brian Betts - DJ Campbell hasn't exactly been prolific so far for Blackburn 7 games last season - 0 goals. 0 games this season - prooves that he isn't as great as some people thought. In fact when you look at his overall record (152 goals in 362 games) then he hasn't been very prolific at all. Town need a young hungry striker on loan wanting to proove himself to his club - not an ageing striker looking for another payday - John Guidetti from Man City, or even someone like Alex Kiwomya or Joao Rodriguez from Chelsea for example.

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    Robert Barrell

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • 'emergency' being footbllspeak for 'lazy manager's'. I wonder if these 'emergency loans' will number more than two and turn out to be duds from Sunderland and Wolves.... not to mention Peterborough of course...Town haven't raided their misfit bin for a few months.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Steroo, maybe I am being slow, but you say there was nothing to support the notion that Evans had money. But surely the point is self evident - he provided successive managers with funds to buy new players and to pay their wages. He did this with Magilton, Keane and Jewell. They brought in a host of 'big' name players (at this level) on stupid money (chopra, Bullard, campo, leadbitter, etc etc). That these players did not perform is more down to the judgment of the managers who signed them, surely, but in any event it does show that until Evans had enough of throwing good money after bad, and turning off the tap for MM, he did have finances to invest, so I am not sure what your point is. As for burley, it is going too far to say that promotion and that one good year was in spite of him. He was the manager and must take some credit. Isn't the more apposite point that he (and Sheepshanks) for all their abilities to put together a good side of nobodies, with great team morale, when they hit the big time they couldn't cope with it, we're out of their depths in trying to make the transition to a top six Premiership club and, like most if the fans, got carried away with one successful season and gave into the temptation to spend millions on 'big' name players which, as the last few years have shown, often has the opposite effect of that which was intended.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • ONE SURE WAY TO GET MORE MONEY IN TO THE CLUB WOULD BE FOR THE TEAM TO GO THAT EXTRA 5% AND WIN THOSE EXTRA POINTS WHICH WILL THEN LIFT THE HOME SURPORTER NUMBERS (AWAY HAS BEEN GREAT.) AND TO GIVE FREE UNDER 16s TICKETS ON CERTAIN GAMES. 2 ADULTS 1 FREE CHILD.. AS THE YOUTH ARE ARE FUTURE. WE HAVE A GREAT MANAGER IN M.M. AND I A'M SURE THINGS WILL BE MUCH BETTER ALL ROUND VERY SOON. AND THE NOCKERS S-D OFF. (( C.O.Y.B.s ))

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    FINN.BLUE

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • True Blue - I agree with much of what you say but to say that the debt has little impact on what happens on the pitch is denying the blatantly obvious. In fact you agree that money is diverted away from the first team budget to fund everything else and whilst that's great, investing in the academy, buying a few towels or treadmills ain't gonna get town promoted anytime soon and so the cycle will continue and the debt will spiral. It's abundantly clear that ME isn't willing to add to the eye watering amount already owed to him and that being the case any manager of this club will have to use the loan market to the best of their abilities. You may be right that town now can't manage without it's sugar daddy but perhaps it would have been better, with the benefit of hindsight, if it had never been sold to him in the first place because it is quite clear that under his ownership the debt has increased, the gates have fallen, the quality of the first team has diminished and town are further away from promotion than they were before he arrived. To try and draw some parallel in order to back up your opinion between Real Madrids position and ITFC's is more than a little strange. They are the biggest brand in world football and no matter how much I love my club I think any realist would agree that ITFC isn't even the biggest brand in the championship. Furthermore if you were to liquidate the assists of both then there would be precious little left in the case of ITFC. The BIG difference you are missing between ITFC and Real Madrid & Man Utd is that their debts are manageable allowing them to carry on investing in the first team whilst ours clearly is not (the points you make about player food, weights etc etc merely highlights this further) and has an obvious detrimental effect on our team. We will have to agree to disagree on this one but IMHO the debt is crippling this club, limits the funds available to the manager and will continue to do so. Just two seasons ago it was £60m it's now £80m (and rising). A ridiculous amount for a club of our size with very little revenue - unlike Real Madrid Manchester Utd etc etc.

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    bluearmy78

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • MM you've had all summer to sign a striker and right back !! Why didn't you try for Stearman ? Why didn't you try for DJ Campbell ? Just to name a couple of proven players. Said it before and say it again, 'ME wants Premiership status on the cheap'

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Steroo, I take your point though to some degree it is one with the benefit of hindsight. The cash made available to Magilton (around £12m) should have been enough to get in the play offs (at least) given the team had only narrowly missed out beforehand. Isn't the truth that the family silver at the club was squandered well before Evans took over - it is bizarre how little criticism Burley and Sheepshanks receive for almost destroying the club through a totally reckless and negligent spending spree, with no plans to cope with the effects of relegation, from which all the problems at the club now stem. It was they who started the rot - and they were both Ipswich Town men to the core.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Blue Army- MM was well aaware what he was getting into, I am sure he would have asked about the playing budget before taking the job, equally if he is that unhappy with it he can walk at any time, he dosnt need the money. The reduction in expenditure is a direct result of the FFP rules and whilst llarge teams seem to be able to flout these without punishment I can gaurntee that a small club like ours will get the book thown at it, thats football. In the same way that Man U get 10 mins of injury time when they need an equaliser. Thats life. ME's is in fact still pumping money into the club it is now through diffrent channels. In this instance the moving to Cat 1 status. Investing in youth development and facilaties does not count towards the figures used when calculating with FFP complaince. Hence the moemnt the FFp rules took effect Town announced their intention to pusure cat 1 status. ME has found IMO the best way to circumnavicate the FFP rules whilst still benifiting the club. Look at Leicester- similar size, wealthy owners and just 1 free addition all season and a big earners leaving so when you look at the bigger picture, given wages, agents fees etc and the fact that the club still makes no money the investment in the squad can actually be viewd as quite substancial so far this season. The addition of a couple more loan players is not a bad thing as a core is now in place. ME pays for everything at the club, if he didnt we would have been out of busisness long ago. Everything down to the food that the players are served is paid for by him. As long as the club remains un profitable and FFP regulations are in place ME is forced to divert cash that I am sure he would like to see go towards the playing budget to pay for things such as footballs so the playes can practice kicking them, track suits, club suits, hotel bills, travel, weights, treadmills, all other staff wages, advertising costs EVERYTHING, because the club can not fund itself Real Madrid are £500 million in debt so what? You are getting hung up on entierly the wrong thing. The debt has a minium impact on investment the need to comply with FFP is by far the biggest single obsticle. Almsot every club is in debt to some degree because most clubs dont make money.

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Tom its not hindsight... there was nothing available to support the notion that the mystery man had any money nor that going offshore was a sane or even ethical thing for a small Town club to do. He faxed number of clubs including Forest, Southampton & Coventry - and only Town were mad enough to respond... though at least they have not been relegated - but they have lost their dignity and fan base. I entirely agree with you on Burley and Sheepshanks and have long maintained that the bizarre spending spree they went on after one year in the Prem was conclusive proof that the year of astonishing success happened despite them rather than because of them - clearly Burley had no appreciation of the team's ability or team spirit that took the club so high. In terms of 'glory days' I suspect Town doomed themselves to being a small-time club the moment the Pioneer Stand was given the go-head at a time when their was no financial plan to support its construction.... certainly since that time the club have been largely a second division side.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Tom the true ownership of Ipswich Town is shrouded in mystery. When the crass sell off occured it was put forward as a personal investment of one somewhat invisible Marcus Evans - a man of little traceable worth unless one believes his pyramid of companies with little traceable income and assets actually have value - especially in a global recession. Now we are led to believe that Town are part of the Marcus Evans group. If this is true it seems odd that there is no traceable ownership known to the football league. After purchasing the club for £8million... something two of the ex-directors could have done out of their small change, the club was allowed some £12million in wages and transfer fees...total outlay circa £20million which to my mind has already been taken back by the owners then some.... not to mention syphoning off the academy and training ground as well as selling off every sellable player. Just because an offshore company declares debts in high tax countries does not mean the debts are real... they could be contrived through cross charging and cynically aimed at cashing in on a potential promotion ... there have been no transparent accounts since the takeover. You and this paper choose to believe in the myth of Marcus Evans... I chose reality. For example what if Evans runs his myriad of companies with the same panache as ITFC are run? That seems somewhat likely.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Robert Barrell, how is 152 goals in 362 games not a good record??

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    TraaakorBoii

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Glenda says I told you so. And she says borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. What does all that mean? I'm with Mick on this one. If I have an urgent need, a gap to fill, I get a man in. And strictly on a short-term basis. None of Glenda's husbandry! COYB. Get up that table. I wanna see you playing off!

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    Rita WAG

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Tom....anyone with a brain cringed with embarrassment as deluded Town 'fans' like you were so blind to the obvious inevitable and irreversible destruction of the club that you seem now to understand. Better late than never I guess. The irony, not to mention unpalatable reality of the situation is that if Town had Delia Smith in charge rather than the opportunistic and clueless Sheepshanks the current situation could well have been reversed...and Ipswich would still have had a football club rather than an embarrassing offshore tax avoidance scheme.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Brian Betts - DJ Campbell hasn't exactly been prolific so far for Blackburn 7 games last season - 0 goals. 0 games this season - prooves that he isn't as great as some people thought. In fact when you look at his overall record (152 goals in 362 games) then he hasn't been very prolific at all. Town need a young hungry striker on loan wanting to proove himself to his club - not an ageing striker looking for another payday - John Guidetti from Man City, or even someone like Alex Kiwomya or Joao Rodriguez from Chelsea for example.

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    Robert Barrell

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Ray Bidwolf; I agree with you that this club are doomed and on the brink of destruction. That they're owned by a mysterious businessman who clearly has no idea about football. And that the future is very bleak indeed. But man, listen to yourself and your incessant doom-mongering posts about some sort of mass conspiracy!! Sounds like you need some serious help mate. Maybe you need a new tin-foil hat for protection? Either way, I wish you well pal. At some point in life you've taken a very bad turn indeed

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    stephen davis

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Keep taking the tablets TrueBlue as they appear to be working wonders.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Keep taking the tablets TrueBlue as they appear to be working wonders.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Steroo, why do you not take into account the millions given to Keane and PJ? Or the millions spent each season on underwriting the club's losses without which it would be in administration again? Whether or not you like the way evans chooses to run his businesses one has to accept, on an objective analysis, that even taking into account the money received through e.g. Wickham's sale, Evans has made available more than the £20 million you suggest. You obviously you take issue with the MEG being registered offshore for tax reasons, though in business this is a perfectly legal and cost efficient way to run things. The question you don't deal with is what the alternative is to our current ownership. What evidence is there that we would have fated any better without Evans' money? I too recognise that the nature of the club has changed and not for the better, but that was caused by prior decisions under Burley and DS. I am not sure why you blame MM so much, or are so critical of him, as he is a professional manager and of course will take different jobs over time at different clubs. That's normal. I am afraid the old school gentleman-run club and world you seem to embrace no longer exists. The game has moved on.

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    Tom

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

  • How long is this Paul Taylor going to remain sidelined for? He must rank as one of our most questionable signings surely. There's plenty of good "Benchwarmers " about, but they all need paying. Joe Mason of Cardiff City would be an excellent choice for us. Not currently in Cardiffs squad and wanting first team football. We have to spend though because you get nothing for nothing nowadays.

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    bismark

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Brian, I believe MM will be off at the first opportunity, and then having seen the lack of support for our managers who will come in of any standing.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Glenda says she doesn't like the invisible man. She says he's silly for buying a piddling football club. Silly for employing expensive people to manage it, who cost a lot and failed. And silly for buying awful footballers for lots of shekels, then paying them shedloads of wages for nothing, then paying a bunch more to get rid of them. Glenda says the debt is not debt at all. She says it's just a measure of the silly man's silliness. The bigger it gets, the sillier he is. What's all that about? I don't know. I don't want an invisible man. I want a real one in front of me, in the flesh, tall, strong, upstanding and ready to do what he's meant to do. Ooh! Makes me shiver!

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    Rita WAG

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • I suggest Mick was aware of the situation when he took the job,and in MY opinion he has done a great job so far.LOOK,he is a top class manager and is well aware of the problems we have within the team,IE,goals and the supplier.There is nothing wrong with loan players as long as you have the core of your team and a few loan players..A striker will come soon plus cover at the back,just give Mick a chance,remember we have only played a few games,this is long haul not a sprint.COYB 3 points Saturday and things will look much better,so get behind the team and stop knocking it like some of you posters.

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    Daniel James

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Tom, I was also at the game you mention. Not only were you singing that song, but a few were waving £10 notes at us too. Oh how times have changed and how stupid you all now look. All together now........."We're not loaded any more, we're not loaded any more!!!" Up goes that debt - £100m and rising......................

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    stephen davis

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Glenda says I told you so. And she says borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. What does all that mean? I'm with Mick on this one. If I have an urgent need, a gap to fill, I get a man in. And strictly on a short-term basis. None of Glenda's husbandry! COYB. Get up that table. I wanna see you playing off!

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    Rita WAG

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Isn't the point rather simple? We are longer a special club any more. Robson and Ramsey are dead. Their achievements, which were legendary, are now over thirty years old. Many town fans - and certainly the younger ones who are the future of the club - cant remember the glory years. Times change. Burley's dalliance with the premiership and fame was very short lived. Since then we have been in decline. I don't blame evans. Anyone with a brain agreed we needed money and in 2008 his cash seemed to be the answer. I was there at carrow road singing 'we're ******* loaded' at halftime. But it has not worked out. We do not deserve promotion any more than any other side which has flirted with the premiership in the last ten years. There is a certain arrogance amongst town fans because many of us genuinely think the minimum expectation is that we are a top six club. We simply are not and haven't been since 2004. We are entirely mediocre these days with a mediocre fan base (come on 16000 home fans versus Leeds is not good). We need to lower our expectations, forget the past, accept where we are and rebuild slowly. Promotion this season is frankly a laughable aim, given the lack of quality at the club

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    Tom

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Rex, if you don't like them don't read them. It's a free board and I am interested in hearing the comments below. There are some intelligent and insightful comments. Perhaps you are more of a daily mail reader and like nice, easy to digest, sound bites. Fine. But it is also possible to express a view in more than a tabloid style sound bite.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • Yeah, but it's a shame your tablets aren't working steroo.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Rita The Wag,get back to your desk at the EADT.what a load of rubbish you spout.

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    Blue army

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • if its good enough for Liverpool to loan players why not Ipswich,i see nothing wrong with the loan system in these times.COYB.

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    david peters

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Keep taking the tablets TrueBlue as they appear to be working wonders.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Rita Wag, there could be a tad of truth in your welcome humour, but I can't understand all the moaning atm, very early in the season for this, and the performances are nowhere near that of the Jimmy Jewell and Keano days, I have a hunch that our our tractor boys will shortly be ploughing up the field! COYB

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    Kuqi-Haynes

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Rita, thank god someone is able to add a bit of laughter to the state of our club.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Brian, I believe MM will be off at the first opportunity, and then having seen the lack of support for our managers who will come in of any standing.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

  • Tom - Your assessment is absolutely on the money & I couldn't agree more..... The new dawn and promised land never materialised, is not likely to any time soon and it is going to either take a small miracle, huge amounts of cash or and awful lot of time before Town grace the premier league....

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    bluearmy78

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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