Bruce uncertain where his future lies

IPSWICH TOWN: Alex Bruce is looking to fulfil his Wembley dream unsure where he will be playing his football next season.

The 25-year-old defender is expected to be in the Leicester City team for their Championship play-off semi-final first leg against Cardiff City at the Walkers Stadium on Sunday.

If the Foxes can beat the Welsh side over two legs they will meet the winners of the Nottingham Forest versus Blackpool semi-final at Wembley later this month for a place in the Premier League next season.

Bruce has been on loan at Leicester for the last three months and is now fully fit after undergoing a hernia operation.

He says that he has not heard from any of the staff at Ipswich since January and that he will be putting aside his future plans until after the play-offs.

“Every footballer wants to play at Wembley, and it’s certainly my dream,” said Bruce today.

“I’ve been there a few times to watch matches including ones where my father was playing.”

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Bruce played in his favourite central defensive position in Sunday’s 2-0 home league win over Middlesbrough, and did well enough to keep his place in the side.

“In my first game for Leicester I felt a pop, and when the surgeon opened up me up he said there was plenty of scar tissue and this had led to the number of groin problems I had suffered.

“I feel as right as rain now and am concentrating on helping Leicester into the top flight.

“After that I’m not sure where I stand as I haven’t heard from Ipswich since January.

“It’s nice to feel wanted and appreciated, and I’m enjoying my time at Leicester.

“If Ipswich want me back next season I shall be proud to pull the shirt back on again as I’ve always had a good relationship with the fans and enjoyed my time there.

“But if I’m surplus to requirements at Portman Road then I’ll look elsewhere.

“We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but I’ve an Ipswich contract to the summer of 2011 and will enjoy coming back if wanted.”

Bruce knows Cardiff will offer stiff opposition and that keeping the likes of the free-scoring Michael Chopra, Jay Bothroyd and Peter Whittingham under control could go a long way to satisfying his Wembley dream.

Jack Colback has arrived back with Sunderland before their final game of the season at the weekend.

He has re-affirmed how much he enjoyed his season on loan at Portman Road.

“I think I coped with it quite well,” he said.

“The season has taken it out of me and I’ve felt it the last few games, but players play longer seasons than I have so I’ve just got on with it.

“It’s good to know that Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has got his eye on me and still has me in his plans. Hopefully I can impress him and push on next year.”

Colback made 33 starts and eight substitute appearances for the Blues last season, scoring five goals and was voted players’ player of the year.

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