Garvan is ready for top flight

IF it is true that the future belongs to those who believe in their dreams then Owen Garvan and Ipswich Town are Premiership bound.The young Irish midfielder has dreamed of playing in the top flight ever since he was a skinny kid playing for Dublin's Home Farm and is convinced the Blues are on the verge of making the big-time.

IF it is true that the future belongs to those who believe in their dreams then Owen Garvan and Ipswich Town are Premiership bound.

The young Irish midfielder has dreamed of playing in the top flight ever since he was a skinny kid playing for Dublin's Home Farm and is convinced the Blues are on the verge of making the big-time.

Garvan said: “We are ready for the Premier League. I'm ready - the whole club is ready.

“The new owner has come in and put in the money and if we can continue to play well we will pick up the points to get in the play-offs.


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“It is all about staying in the play-offs and getting into that Premier League.

“These are exciting times and getting there would be great for the club and great for the area.”

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Although he has just passed his 20th birthday Garvan already has almost 100 games under his belt at Ipswich but admits he is still developing.

A stint on the bench after looking jaded following the Republic of Ireland's defeat by England Under-21s last month has allowed him time to recharge his batteries and pick up tips from the current starting midfield, in particular Macedonian Velice Sumulikoski.

Garvan said: “Shumi is a very structured player who keeps it simple. He has a good strike on him and he is a very good passer.

“He has played a lot of games for Macedonia but he likes the English game.

“He gets the ball down and passes which is what is preached here at Ipswich.

“Shumi has a good engine and gets around the park and he has allowed Tommy (Miller) to get forward more and create things.

“Both are good players and we know how much competition there is

“It is good for me to learn from Shumi, just as I have learnt from Tommy. He has a lot of attributes I have looked at and admired and I can take those and add them to my game.

“We all have good points and bad but you can always learn and improve.”

Garvan impressed when he came on in the draw against Southampton and is hoping he can force his way back into the starting side and crack the century of appearances.

He said: “It is frustrating when you are on the bench.

“As a young lad you are desperate to play and all I can do is be patient hoping for my time to come and when it does grab it with both hands.

“Playing for club and country meant it was a lot of games and I was then left out but these things happen in football.

“You have to deal with it and try to improve and get back in the side.”

Combining club and country won't be a problem again this season as a booking against England means he is suspended for the Republic's next international and he will stay with Ipswich looking to turn that Premier League dream into reality.

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