Carl looks out for Carling draw

KEEPER Carl Pentney is keeping a special look out for the Carling Cup draw this morning dreaming of making his full Leicester City debut.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

KEEPER Carl Pentney is keeping a special look out for the Carling Cup draw this morning dreaming of making his full Leicester City debut.

The Brightlingsea 19-year-old has just signed a new one year contract with the Foxes but knows his best chance of making his debut is in a cup competition.


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Pentney said: “It will be interesting to see who we get. I would love it to be either Ipswich or Colchester and you never know I might get a chance of playing - that would be brilliant.

“There is also the Johnson's Paint Trophy, which is another cup we can do well in.”

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With Paul Henderson, Alex Cisar and Conrad Logan also competing for the keeper's jersey, Pentney is looking to force his way into the new manager's thoughts - whoever that may be.

Blackpool's Simon Grayson and MK Dons Paul Ince are among the names touted but Pentney is in the dark about who his new boss will be.

He said: “I know as much and as little as everyone else. I signed my new deal last week and like everyone I will have to wait and see what happens.

“It is in the balance whether I stay and try for the fist team or go out on loan again.

“I had a good experience last season at Fisher and Ilkeston and it was interesting at York. I came back to Leicester and played regularly in the reserves, which was good experience too.

“I feel ready to step up. I know it is a big jump to League One but I will only know one I'm playing.

“It could be that I go to a conference or League two club but we will see.”

And Pentney has the backing of City's goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell who said: “He has worked hard to get to this point and has shown buckets of dedication. He's certainly a young man going in the right direction.

"He's got good hands and he kicks the ball well. He's now ready to work towards taking the next step."

Although the Essex-born keeper has not played in the same side as blues target Gareth McAuley he has seen enough to know he would be a quality signing.

Pentney said: “I don't know if it will happen but Gareth is a very good player and would be asset for any club he played for.”

Town may have to start their negotiations all over again after Leicester chief executive Paul Aldridge yesterday left the Walkers Stadium and was replaced by 47-year-old American, Lee Hoos.

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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