Andrews would pick Town over Premier League clubs

KEITH Andrews has dropped his broadest hint yet that he sees his future at Ipswich Town.

The loan midfielder is adamant that he will be leaving parent club Blackburn Rovers in January – but that making a quick return to the Premier League is not the “be all and end all”.

Andrews has been linked with both Wigan and Swansea but believes signing for a side struggling in the Premier League could have its problems.

He explained: “I just want to enjoy my football which I am at the moment.

“The Premier League is not the be-all and end-all. If you are in or near the top six in the Championship and going for promotion, it means you will be playing for a side that is playing good football and winning games.

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“Whereas if you go to a side in the bottom three or four (in the Premier League), the confidence is low and it can be tough. For me, it is not all about being in the Premier League in January.”

The news will be welcomed by Town fans who have taken to Andrews’ all-action style and unexpected goal threat.

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The midfielder came tantalisingly close to scoring his sixth of the season in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Millwall but saw a fantastic 35-yard shot cannon off the crossbar.

He said: “I am here to do well for the club and do well for myself and help push us up that league. It was a nice feeling when we were sitting sixth in the league and to drop out last week was disappointing. You want to be in and around the top six.”

While admitting he is not enjoying seeing Blackburn and their manager Steve Keen struggle near the foot of the Premier League, Andrews is clearly focused only on improving Town’s fortunes.

And he added: “I can’t envisage myself going back to Blackburn in any way, shape or form. I know I have 18 months left on my contract but I really don’t want to be there.

“I have come here, enjoyed it and had a new lease of life. I would imagine the chances of me staying are good. I am sure it is something that will get done.”

Blues boss Paul Jewell added: “We’re really pleased with Keith and if things can be done (in January) we’d like to keep him – we want to keep all our best players. A lot can happen in two months though.”

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