A Town stalwart - aged just 23!

IPSWICH TOWN: Jamie Peters is remarkably the Blues longest serving player.

The Canadian international, who is just 23 and has yet to make 100 first team appearances, is set to be involved when Town entertain Cardiff City today in the npower Championship (kick-off 3pm).

There is a train of thought that he might be pushed forward into midfield to give Ipswich width on both flanks against the Bluebirds. This is where he finished Tuesday’s defeat against QPR.

Peters has developed into an accomplished full back having been virtually forgotten about in the last two seasons of former manager Jim Magilton’s reign.

He was left in the wilderness with Magilton showing little inclination in using Peters after the speedy performer had been given an extended contract following a bright introduction to first team action as an 18-year-old in the 2005/06 season.

Along with David Norris, Gareth McAuley, and youngsters developed at Portman Road like Luke Hyam, Tommy Smith and Connor Wickham, Peters was one of the few pre-Roy Keane players in action against Rangers earlier this week.

The current manager is now sending out his own brand of players each week, and up until the visit to Suffolk of QPR the difference was apparent with any unbeaten seven-game start to the campaign.

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It is important for Ipswich to bounce back today, and Peters agrees.

He said: “The good thing is that another game has arrived quickly. Rangers were the better team on the day.

“They got to everything before us, but now we have to put that behind us and make up for our mistakes, and build from it.

“Cardiff have brought in a number of loan players, and it’s going to be another big, big challenge for us.

“We have the belief that we can do well and want to stay in the top half of the table.”

And talking about his own situation, Peters went on: “At the moment I’m playing right-back and enjoying it.

“But you still have to work hard. I’m still new to the position and still have to compete week-in, week-out.

“I’ve a lot of experience around me. Gareth McAuley is a great defender and he helps me a lot, the same as Mark Kennedy.”

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