All change as Royle eyes up new signings

BLUES boss Joe Royle is looking to bring in a new signing within a fortnight of this season ending.As Royle continues to clear the decks in order to find the cash to reinforce his squad, initial talks have been held with at least two players targeted.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Joe Royle is looking to bring in a new signing within a fortnight of this season ending.

As Royle continues to clear the decks in order to find the cash to reinforce his squad, initial talks have been held with at least two players targeted.

Southampton's Ricardo Fuller remains a target while a centre half in the mould of Wigan's out-of-contract Stephane Henchoz and a midfielder of Stephen Hughes' ilk, are all on Royle's wish list.

Royle would not name names but admitted he was making good progress at finding additions.

He said: “Inquiries have been made and gone well. Hopefully we will have someone in within a week or two of the season finishing.”

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Other signings are likely to follow but to some extent further wheeling-dealing by Royle will be dictated by his summer budget.

He has looked to clear the decks by not renewing the contracts of Jim Magilton, Kevin Horlock, Dean McDonald, Gerard Nash and Aidan Collins, while Jay McEveley and Jimmy Juan will return to their parent clubs Blackburn and Monaco respectively.

Two young Spanish triallists, recommended by the agent who introduced Mauricio Taricco to Ipswich Town, were on show at Leiston last night as an Ipswich Town XI helped celebrate the club's 125th centenary.

The Blues put up a good show to run out 2-0 winners.

Teenagers Jose Carrasco and Daniel Orosco played in the heart of defence and did quite well against a lively Leiston attack, with Orosco also forcing keeper Darren Moyes into making a good save.

Leiston are enjoying their best season in their long history. After winning promotion to the Ridgeons League Premier Division last season, they are currently eighth - and a top-10 finish would be their best-ever position.

Glen Driver has also taken them to the final of the Premier League Cup, to be played at Portman Road next week, when they face Lowestoft.

Sam Parkin put the Blues ahead on 25 minutes with a good finish from the edge of the area as he enjoyed a return from injury.

Kieron Leabon hit a powerful angled drive to beat Moyes in the 65th minute while substitute keeper Gary Rose saved a Parkin penalty after Jordan Rhodes had been upended. The non-league side gave a good account of themselves throughout.

Darryl Knights had a header cleared off the line and Rhodes went close with an effort.

The Blues gave a 15-minute run-out to Ryan Watts, a triallist.

Leiston included a couple of former Town Academy players, with Stuart Boardley and Blair Hammond making their mark. Hammond is considering taking up a football scholarship in America after getting offers from a number of universities.

Last night's line-ups

Leiston: Moyes (Rose, 68), Ryland (B Hammond, 55), Boardley, Danny George, Wright (Whatling 71), Donald George, L Hammond, Stanley, Roach (Jennings, 55), McGlone (Driver, 71) and Dennett (Sparkes). Subs not used: None.

Ipswich Town XI: Plummer, Krause, Barron (Watts, 76), Brekke Skard (Webster 67), Carrasco, Orosco, Leabon (Rhodes, 65), Trotter, Parkin (Boto, 76), Knights and Westlake (Upson, 65). Subs not used: None

Referee: T Pollard. Attendance: 480.

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