Dean Gerken plans on pushing Scott Loach hard for goalkeeper’s spot

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken playing on trial for Ipswich Town at Crawley

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken playing on trial for Ipswich Town at Crawley - Credit: Archant

Dean Gerken says he plans on pushing Scott Loach hard for the goalkeeper’s position at Ipswich Town.

During his seven years at Colchester United, the 28-year-old custodian played a key role in U’s promotion from the third tier and subsequent against-the-odds 10th-place finish in the Championship (2006/07).

And he then repeated that feat following a switch to Bristol City in 2009, helping the Championship side to a 10th-place finish by once again keeping eight clean sheets in the league – two against the Blues.

The arrival of former England keeper David James at Ashton Gate saw Gerken drop to the bench though and he was never really able to re-establish himself, making just 14 league appearances in the last three seasons as Tom Heaton became the main man last campaign.

“It didn’t work out for me in the end at Bristol City, but never in my career have I wanted or been happy to be a number two,” Gerken told IpswichPlayer. “I’ve always been pushing for the first team or asking to go out on loan.

“I know I’m not going to walk into the team here, but that has to be my goal and I’m going to work hard to show my ability.

“It was time for me to move on and this is an exciting new challenge for me.”

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Blues boss Mick McCarthy said: “Dean’s showed a real desire to want to come in and play. He’s said himself that he didn’t do himself justice at Bristol City and I like the fact that he’s annoyed and feels like he’s got something to prove.

“I’m glad we’ve been able to sign a really highly-rated keeper.”

McCarthy had three senior keepers last season, with Loach and Stephen Henderson (twice on loan from West Ham) battling for the jersey and Arran Lee-Barrett waiting in the wings. The latter has been released though and the Blues boss says he is more than happy to have academy keeper Michael Crowe, a towering teenager from Norway, as a third choice.

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