Connor’s pledge

CONNOR Wickham wants his skipper, David Norris, to stay at Portman Road with him for next season.

CONNOR Wickham wants his skipper, David Norris, to stay at Portman Road with him for next season.

Both Wickham and Norris were on target in Ipswich Town’s impressive 2-1 win at play-off chasing Burnley on Saturday.

They are Town’s two most talked about players, in terms of possible summer moves, but star striker Wickham is adamant that he wants to remain at Ipswich, rather than sign for one of the big guns in the Premier League.

And he hopes that midfield maestro Norris will also decide to sign a new deal – his current contract expires at the end of the season – rather than switch to another Championship club. Portsmouth head the list of interested parties.

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“Chuck (Norris) is a great lad. He’s a leader and a great captain,” enthused Wickham.

“All the boys love him. He’s terrific to have around the dressing room, he gets forward, he scores goals, and I thought he was excellent again today.

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“Chuck’s scored several goals this season and it’s no wonder that other clubs are interested in him.

“I hope he can stay here and help us to push on for next season,” added Wickham.

It was Norris who broke the deadlock at Turf Moor, sweeping home from Jimmy Bullard’s 17th minute corner to chalk up his 10th goal of the season.

And it was Norris’ teasing cross that allowed Wickham to head home Town’s second, just seven minutes later, for his seventh goal in the last 14 games and a belated birthday present – he turned 18 last Thursday.

Referring to his own future, with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp pouring cold water on a possible �10m bid for the England Under-21 striker over the weekend, Wickham was very clear.

“The gaffer told me his plans when he first came in,” explained Wickham.

“I’ve spoken to him, one-on-one, several times, and I’ve been happy with the ideas he has had in his mind. I signed a contract after that and I want to get Ipswich in the Premier League, which is what we all want to do.”

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