CONTRACT NEWS: Richard Wright to be released

RICHARD Wright has been told he will not be offered a new contract by Ipswich Town this summer.

The 34-year-old signed a short-term deal midway through the campaign after impressing on trial at his local club. However, he has made just one appearance during his third spell at his beloved Blues.

The former Arsenal and Everton keeper, who has two England caps to his name, met up with manager Paul Jewell this afternoon to discuss his future.

Wright said: “I had a chat with the gaffer and we talked about my ambitions and I told him they were simple – I want to carry on playing.

“I feel as fit as I’ve ever done. I’ve worked hard in training and I want to play matches.

“I had a little niggle in my knee a few weeks back but it’s proved to be nothing and generally I’ve been really happy with my fitness this season.

“I’ve enjoyed every day out on the training ground working with Malcolm (Webster, goalkeeping coach) and the other keepers. The only disappointment is that like every player, I want to be out there on the pitch on a Saturday afternoon and that’s not really happened enough for me lately.”

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With Jewell having made it clear that he is looking to bring in a new keeper for next season, Wright – who had a trial at MLS side FC Dallas recently – added: “The gaffer has said that he couldn’t offer me anything and I understand that. Now it’s down to me to win a contract elsewhere because I want to be playing football.”