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‘Call me what you like’ - Balint Bajner is keen to win over Ipswich Town supporters

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:12 01 August 2014

Balint Bajner celebrates his goal at Southend on Tuesday. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Balint Bajner celebrates his goal at Southend on Tuesday. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

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Wide-eyed Ipswich Town new boy Bálint Bajner has told supporters ‘call me what you want’, such is his desire to impress.

The 6ft 5in Hungarian striker yesterday put pen to paper on a one-year deal, as did French-Mauritian central midfielder Kevin Bru – the pair having both impressed on trial over the last fortnight.

Bajner, 23, has most recently been playing in the ‘B’ side of German giants Borussia Dortmund, having failed to turn a loan switch into anything longer-term at West Ham as a teenager.

He admitted it has always been a dream to play in English football and you could see just how much he wanted to earn a deal when he ran to celebrate in front of the away fans – with the blowing of kisses and a bow – after scoring a fine goal in Tuesday night’s 2-1 friendly win at Southend United.

It was a moment which led to fans discussing potential chants for the big front man – the only problem being no-one knew how to pronounce his name.

“In Hungary it is said ‘By-ner’,” says the man himself. “Fans can say it how they like though, they can say ‘Badge-ner’ if they like, but the truth is ‘By-ner’.”

Talk of supporters is a recurring theme in Bajner’s interview, the front man’s slightly-broken English delivered with a beaming smile and the upmost politeness.

Upon being welcomed to the club, he replied: “Thank you very much. I’m really happy that I’ve signed for Ipswich. I came to trial and I tried to give my best so that the manager, the players, all the staff and the fans would like me.

“I enjoyed the goal celebration (at Southend) because I tried to show the fans thank you for coming away (to Southend). I want to give my best for this club and the fans because they are the most important.”

Having trained in front of more than 4,000 fans at Portman Road yesterday morning, as part of Ipswich Town’s annual Open Day, Bajner enthused: “It’s been unbelievable. I’ve really enjoyed it, they (the fans) are amazing and I hope I can make a lot of celebrations for them. It’s going to be fun.”

He added: “My dream, always in my life, was to come and play in England. Now I get the chance at Ipswich, one of the big clubs in England and one I really like. I hope we can work together well and get nice things in the future.

“I know a lot about the club because before me you have some Hungary players here – Tamas Priskin and Marton Fulop. I know this is a big club, I think it’s a Premier League club. I hope we can go up in the future.”

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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