Cresswell’s Olympic dream
EVER-present Aaron Cresswell has admitted he would love to end his first season with the Blues with promotion to the Premier League and a place in Stuart Pearce’s Olympic squad.
The England Under-21 boss is a known admirer of the left-back who yesterday spoke of his delight at news Paul Jewell wants to reward his consistent displays with a new contract – after just three months at the club.
Cresswell, who hasn’t missed a minute for Town in league and cup this season, said: “When I first came here, the main thing was to try and work my way into the team and I have done that.
“I thought it would be a massive step but I have just taken each game as it comes. I didn’t expect a new deal or anything, I’m just pleased the season is going well for me and the team.”
And while focusing all his energies on maintaining Town’s push up the Championship, Cresswell revealed he would love to continue impressing Pearce, who was yesterday named manager of the Great Britain Olympic squad for London 2012.
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Pearce was at Portman Road for last month’s 3-0 victory over Coventry and witnessed Cresswell’s sparkling man-of-the-match performance.
But the youngster’s hopes of breaking into the Under-21 squad were dashed after he was born 16 days too late to be eligible.
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Cresswell said: “It was disappointing to find out I was too old for the Under-21s, but there is nothing I can do about that.
“I haven’t had any contact with Stuart Pearce but it is a massive honour to play for your country and I would love to be part of the Olympic squad. I just have to keep doing my best for Ipswich – that is my main target.”
Jewell revealed that he had told the 21-year-old to prove he was worth a new deal when he signed and the Town boss has been clearly impressed.
He said: “We want to reward him because he’s done well, he’s a great lad and he loves it here. We’re just looking to give him something slightly improved and I think Cressy has earned the right to have a pay-rise.”