Ex-Town player has point to prove on Saturday

IPSWICH TOWN: Defender Scott Barron is looking forward to proving a point when his Millwall side plays at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) in a Championship fixture.

The 25-year-old was allowed to leave the Blues on a free transfer in the summer of 2007, and has since become a regular in the Lions side making a total of 74 appearances.

“It was a wrench to leave Ipswich,” admitted Barron, who played 17 times for Town after joining the club from school.

“I had no choice and was told that I was going to go.

“It was a sad day – my saddest day in football so far because I had been at the club since a child.

“Looking back I left in difficult circumstances and I see it as being just one person’s decision.

“Joe Royle when he was manager played me, but when Jim Magilton took over my opportunities were virtually nil.

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“I have always thought I was good enough to have made the grade with Ipswich, and I can look back and say that I have proved my point.

“And that Joe Royle was right and Jim Magilton was wrong.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Portman Road – and to prove a point.”

Barron was in the Millwall team that was beaten by Ipswich in the Carling Cup third round on September 21 and has been switching between left back and left midfield.

He went on: “Ipswich are a very good club with some very talented individuals who are among the best in the league.

“They are on a bad run in the league having lost their last three games, but we will have to be on our toes or they will beat us again.

“I don’t expect their fans will remember me, but they are excellent supporters who have a reputation for welcoming back for former players.”

Also set to be in the Millwall side tomorrow is former Northgate School pupil Liam Trotter. He joined the London club in the summer after helping them gain promotion while on loan last season.

“Unlike Scott I had a choice, but I decided to sign for Millwall rather than a one-year deal that Ipswich offered me in the summer,” said midfielder Trotter.

“I saw Millwall as the best option as I was likely to have a better opportunity to play games.

“Like Scott I have to be pleased with how life has gone since leaving Portman Road and we’re both playing regular first team football at the same level as Ipswich.

“It’s been a bit weird though losing contact with all the lads I was brought up training with at Ipswich. It will be nice to meet up with them again tomorrow.

“My family will be out in force at the game and it gives me an opportunity to go back to Portman Road and play.”

Lions boss Kenny Jackett wants his players to build on their recent revival after going eight games without a win until winning at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.

“I’m sure Ipswich have expectations to try and get into the Premier League and look like they have a squad who can try to do that,” said Jacket.

“We want to build on two wins in our last three games.”

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