Brown set for bright Town future

IPSWICH TOWN: Troy Brown has today been tipped by Blues manager Roy Keane to hit the heights at Portman Road.

The 19-year-old, who made his Town league debut when he came on as substitute in the final game of last season against Sheffield United, has impressed in pre-season and is expected to be on the bench for today’s Championship game at Middlesbrough (kick-off 3pm).

He was signed on a free after attracting the attention of former manager Jim Magilton having been released by Fulham.

After completing his first year at Ipswich, Brown was handed a new one-year contract that takes him through to June 2011.

“Perhaps you can see why we sold Alex Bruce,” said Keane.

“Alex is a good experienced player who I knew would not find it difficult to get fixed up with a new club.

“Troy was our best player against Tottenham last Tuesday and he has the happy knack of being in the right place at the right time.

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“He reads the game well, and unlike some defenders who often arrive just after the ball has gone.

“Troy can play where Alex did and he is a player who has yet to lose the innocence of youth.

“Some players even have to ask their agent for advice on what socks to wear.

“It can be like a poison when football is a game to be enjoyed and where you can get a lot of fun.”

Keane revealed his determination to get the balance of his squad right this time around and to alter the dynamics of the club.

“We want to be in the mix this time and to be at least in the top six,” added Keane.

“To this you have to alter things and we have said goodbye to some good players. And welcomed some other good ones.

“If someone is last in for training and first out then you have to shift them out.

“If we all put in a good shift whether you gain promotion or get the sack you can be satisfied with your efforts.

“I’m looking forward to working with a smaller squad and satisfied with the way the club is changing.”

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