Duo may play against Canaries

IPSWICH Town are seeking permission to play triallists Steve Marlet and Marcin Adamski in the reserve game against Norwich City on Monday night.Blues boss Jim Magilton has been impressed with the duo during training this week but wants to see them in action.

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town are seeking permission to play triallists Steve Marlet and Marcin Adamski in the reserve game against Norwich City on Monday night.

Blues boss Jim Magilton has been impressed with the duo during training this week but wants to see them in action.

He said: “They have done well but I want to see them in a game situation.”

Ipswich need clearance from the last clubs the players were at and from their respective leagues before they can register the Frenchman and the Pole to appear in the reserve league.

Town have allowed 17-year-old Jordan Rhodes to join Oxford United on a month's loan.

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Rhodes, who has been a prolific goalscorer at various youth levels with Town, is expected to go straight into Oxford's squad for their game against Torquay in the Blue Square Premier tonight.

Magilton, who started his league career at Oxford, said: “Jordan has gone to Oxford to get some experience of first-team football. It's the next step in his development.”

The Oldham-born striker was involved with Town's first-team set-up towards the end of last season, but failed to make the bench.

Magilton has applauded Alex Bruce's call-up to the full Republic of Ireland squad playing in the Czech Republic and Germany.

Bruce was dropped for Ipswich Town's 2-1 home win over Preston on Saturday but has been given a lift by Irish boss Steve Staunton who has lost Stephen Carr to injury.

Magilton said: “The call-up has coincided with Alex being left out of our team.

“I'm absolutely delighted for him. He has done a lot of good things during the summer trip to America with them and that has held him on good stead.”

At Under-21 level Owen Garvan and Billy Clarke are preparing for their European Championship qualifier against England in Cork next week with a friendly against Sweden.

Chris Casement, who won his first start of the season for Town at Hull, has travelled to Israel with Northern Ireland's Under-21s.

While Fabian Wilnis took Bruce's place at the weekend, fellow defender Richard Naylor is starting to press for a return after a successful run out in Town's 3-2 defeat in the Suffolk Premier Cup at Lowestoft.

Magilton said: “Lowestoft deserved to win. Seeing their emotion made you realise what it meant to them. It is a good education for our lads to come up against lads that for them playing against Ipswich is their Champions' League game.

“A good thing for us was that Richard Naylor came through with no problems so it is good to see him making progress.”

Another of Town's longer-term casualties is Gavin Williams but he too could soon be back in action.

Magilton said: “Gavin Williams is making slow but steady progress He is jogging and so we hope he can step up next month.”

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