Charlton axe made me stronger - Haynes

DANNY Haynes today revealed that the kick in the teeth he received from Charlton Athletic four years ago gave him the push his career needed.

Elvin King

DANNY Haynes today revealed that the kick in the teeth he received from Charlton Athletic four years ago gave him the push his career needed.

Haynes began pre-season training with his Ipswich Town team mates today a vital member of the Blues first team squad.

And he stressed that he is geared to make this his big campaign and continue to rise up the football ladder.

Haynes was a rather raw if speedy wide player when he arrived at Portman Road at the age of 16 having been released from the Charlton Athletic academy.

He was a member of the Town side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2005 and while many of that side has fallen by the wayside, Haynes has strode forward making 99 senior appearances and scoring 18 goals.

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“Being shown the door by Charlton has made me a stronger person, a more determined one,” said Haynes.

“I love to prove people wrong, and this has been my goal since I left The Valley.

“Every year since I think I have improved, and this is going to happen again in 2008/09. This is going to be my big year.”

Like the rest of his team mates Haynes is confident that the Blues under manager Jim Magilton can achieve promotion to the Premier League this season.

He added: “We were not far off last season when I set my goal on scoring double figures. That did not happen, but I am determined to make sure it does this time around.

“I can't wait to get started and helping Ipswich gain promotion - and scoring a couple more goals against Norwich.”

And paper talk of a move away to a Premier League club cuts no ice with the speed merchant who enjoyed a summer break in Spain.

“There are rumours, and there always will be in football,” said Haynes. “But there is nothing concrete and all my thoughts are centred on lifting Ipswich Town up into the trop flight.”

Magilton is waiting to announce the name of his new goalkeeping coach with Malcolm Webster still very much in the frame.

He returns from holiday in Cyprus today and expects to report for training at Southampton tomorrow (THUR). Earlier this week the Saints released Jason Dodd their former first team coach and John Gorman their former chief scout. Whether Webster follows suit will be known in a couple of days with the St Ives (Cambs)-based coach admitting that returning to Portman Road would interest him.

Spanish Segunda División side Unión Deportiva Salamanca have confirmed their signing of released Town full-back Sito. The 28-year-old was told he had no future at Portman Road at the end of the season.

Sito says he learned a lot from his time with Town but felt it was time to go back home: “In England I have grown as a player, but I wanted to return and to a team like Salamanca, who have expressed an interest in me in the past." Last week, Southend manager Steve Tilson revealed that he had been in talks with the former Racing Club de Ferrol man.