Dreaming of Wembley but Ronan Murray eyes up Ipswich Town return
HE might be set to achieve a boyhood dream of playing at Wembley and also be part of a promotion-winning squad.
But ambitious Ronan Murray is only eyeing one long-term goal – impressing Paul Jewell enough to break into the Ipswich Town team next season.
The 20-year-old has spent the last four months on loan at League Two Swindon Town helping the Robins fly to the top of the league while also reaching the final of today’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Chesterfield (2pm ko).
And while looking to play his part in helping Paolo Di Canio’s men achieve a memorable double this season, Murray, who signed a new one-year deal at Ipswich in December, is targeting a successful return to Town in pre-season.
He said: “I have really enjoyed the last four months. I wanted to go out on loan because I realised there were other strikers ahead of me at Ipswich.
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“There are also not many reserve matches any more and I felt I would become a better player by playing competitively for Swindon.
“But I am looking forward to coming back to Ipswich in the summer and hopefully I can get into the first team. Everyone is getting excited about next season, with Town flying at the moment, and I want to be part of that.”
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Murray’s loan spell at the Robins, which runs until the end of the season, has meant he has had first-hand training from former Milan and West Ham striker Di Canio.
And he revealed that the flamboyant Italian has given him tips he hopes to impress Jewell with upon his return to Ipswich.
He explained: “Paolo Di Canio is so enthusiastic about every single aspect of the game and he is great to work with.
“He was a phenomenal player and he often takes all of the strikers to one side to talk about our game. I take everything he says on board – I have such massive respect for him.”
Swindon go into today’s final arguably as slight favourites, they top League Two while Chesterfield – who have former Town midfielder Jimmy Juan on their books – are bottom of League One.
But Murray said: “It is hard to pick a favourite and I think it will be a close and exciting game.
“I am counting down the days. When you think about English football, you think about Wembley and it is exciting to think we will be there on Sunday.
“Everyone at Swindon is buzzing. We are expecting to take about 27,000 fans, I have lots of friends and family coming and it will be a fantastic day.”