Canary in the camp

There’s a Canary in the camp – and Ipswich could yet turn him into a Blue.

It’s not arch rivals Norwich City that manager Paul Jewell is considering doing business with though, but Slovenian giants FC Luka Koper – a team that also play in yellow and share a nickname with a certain side from Norfolk.

Aljaz Struna has been heralded as the next big thing in his home nation with scouting reports of the Under-21 international star beginning to reach English shores this summer.

Ipswich have moved quickest though, bringing him in on a three-day trial this week, with Jewell now deciding whether to taking his interest in the versatile right-sided player any further.

“Aljaz Struna is one of our best players,” said FC Luka Koper manager Andrej Poljsak in an exclusive interview with the Evening Star.


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“He has been a permanent member of our first team, the Under-21 Slovenia national team and is one of the most promising young football players in Slovenia.”

However, Poljsak – a Slovenian international himself throughout the 1990s – went on to add: “As our team have dropped out of European competition (FC Luka Koper played in the Champions League last season) we have decided to let him continue his career elsewhere.

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“This might be the best thing for the player and for FC Luka Koper too. He still has a contract with us but it is not in our intention to impede the player to join any other club.”

Jewell said: “His club was good enough to let us have a look at him and we appreciate that. We might pursue it in the future but is still in the very early stages.”

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