The future at Town is bright, the future at Town is Andre, writes Ipswich Town columnist Russell Claydon

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For the Evans doubters there was a defiant retort in Saturday’s match-day programme.

“Would I have walked away eight years ago if I had known what investment it would take, what would lie ahead?

No way,” wrote our still reclusive owner.

“I have still got that driving ambition and will to see us in the Premier League.”

He also revealed a ‘substantial bid’ in January was turned down, hitting back at criticism at his investment and interest levels.

He also backed Mick McCarthy as the man to get us back up and said transfer fees will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

It was a conversation with the fans that needed to be had.Though ‘conversation’ doesn’t really apply if it is not in a two-way situation, of course. That’s my main criticism of Evans.

But knowing the owner is here to stay and, unless Mick walks away, he is too, provides the stability to build towards going one step further next season.

I agree with Evans that injuries have robbed us from achieving the play-off target this season.

For all the doom-and-gloom with our miserable 2016 form (Saturday’s 3-2 win over MK Dons our first in eight) we will travel to Derby (12.30pm) for Saturday’s finale knowing we’ll finish two places away, at worst.

Youth is the light shining brightest at the end of this campaign: with the excellent news that, despite the rumours to the contrary, Andre Dozzell (selected for the England U17s Euro squad alongside Town team-mate Ben Morris) has signed his first professional contract with Town.

Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock showed on Saturday that they’re also close to claiming a first-team place, while two Bury boys: midfielder Brett McGavin and striker Jack Lankester, are among the new intake of academy scholars. So maybe things are looking up after all.