Find your shooting boots - Walton
SIMON Walton has left Portman Road with a parting shot to his former team-mates - find your shooting boots.The 19-year-old midfielder, who scored three times for Ipswich while on a three-month loan from Charlton Athletic, has now returned to The Valley.
By Elvin King
SIMON Walton has left Portman Road with a parting shot to his former team-mates - find your shooting boots.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who scored three times for Ipswich while on a three-month loan from Charlton Athletic, has now returned to The Valley.
He featured for the last time in a Town shirt for the last seven minutes of Monday's 1-0 home victory over Championship leaders Birmingham City.
“Ipswich have got to start turning possession into goals,” said Walton, who joined Charlton for £500,000 from Leeds United last summer.
“If you look at the Birmingham match, Ipswich had all the play but only managed one goal.
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“Even then, it only came in the last few seconds with the score not reflecting Ipswich's superiority in the game.”
Although he sees his days with Ipswich over, Walton is hoping to return to Portman Road next season.
“My dream scenario would be for Ipswich and Charlton to meet in the Premiership in 2007/08,” added Walton.
“I would love nothing more than for Ipswich to get promoted and for Charlton to stay up.
“I am looking forward to going back to The Valley and hopefully getting a chance to help Charlton escape the drop.
“At the same time, I am genuinely sad to leave Ipswich.
“It's such a close-knit club and I have made so many good friends within the players, management and staff.
“People have looked out for me and taken me under their wing, and I am going to miss being around such a great place.
“I am sure I will look back on it as one of the happiest chapters of my career.
“On Monday I wanted to get on - whether for an hour or two minutes - so I could say goodbye to the fans.
“They have been great to me and I hope they can see I've always given 100%.”