David puts hand up to skipper Town

DAVID Wright has put his hand up and volunteered to lead Ipswich Town back to winnings ways.

Elvin King

DAVID Wright has put his hand up and volunteered to lead Ipswich Town back to winnings ways.

The 28-year-old defender is in line to captain the Blues when they take on leaders Wolverhampton at Molineux on Tuesday.

Regular skipper Gareth McAuley will be sitting out a one-match suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season at Preston last weekend.

Wright along with his namesake goalkeeper Richard and Jon Walters are candidates to wear the armband in a game where Town badly need to get back to winnings ways after their dreadful display in this week's 3-0 home defeat by bottom three Southampton.

“It would be an honour to lead out this great football club,” said David Wright.

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“I have done it in pre-season games, but never in a competitive fixture. It is up to the manager who takes over from Gareth for the Wolves game, but I would be delighted to get the nod.

“There can be no excuses from the Southampton match, and we have a lot of improving to do. And this is what we must do to erase memories of the 3-0 defeat to the Saints.”

Town boss Jim Magilton has confirmed that he is likely to make changes next Tuesday after slamming his players for their failure to stand up and be counted against Southampton.

He revealed that he did not take Luciano Civelli off at half-time because the Argentinean was playing poorly, but for tactical reasons as he wanted Jon Walters to push forward and make it a front three at times.

“Luca did well and can be very pleased with his start to life in English football,” said Magilton.

And assistant manager John Gorman insists that the squad that Magilton has built with the extra �12million he received after Marcus Evans' takeover of the Blues 15 months ago is good enough to take the club forward.

“We have lads of the quality of Veliche Shumulikoski and Owen Garvan who are not currently getting games,” said Gorman.

“They could come in at any time and I'd feel just as comfortable if they were playing.

“We're lucky to have such quality on the bench, because football is as much about your substitutes as your starting 11.

“It's great that we can make changes during a game and bring on these big impact players. And also have enough in the squad to make changes if necessary against Wolves.”