Fulop hails Priskin

MARTON Fulop, Ipswich Town’s new signing, predicts that fellow Hungarian Tamas Priskin will end his barren spell with goals aplenty this season.

MARTON Fulop, Ipswich Town’s new signing, predicts that fellow Hungarian Tamas Priskin will end his barren spell with goals aplenty this season.

Fulop finally completed his long and protracted move to Portman Road yesterday lunchtime, for an undisclosed fee from Sunderland, believed to be at least �750,000.

The Hungarian international will now contest the No. 1 spot with Brian Murphy. But at the other end of the pitch, he is confident that his good friend Priskin can come up with the goals to sustain a promotion charge.

“I think Tamas is a top Championship striker, and there’s definitely a lot for Ipswich Town fans to look forward to,” enthused Fulop.

“I believe Tamas will score a lot of goals this season. He’s a guy who takes time to settle, like everybody, and I’m sure he can get the goals that can give us a good chance.

“I think we can help each other and it’s nice if you can talk to someone in your own language as well. It’s very good for both of us that we are in the same team.”

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Priskin, a �1.7m purchase from Watford the previous summer, mustered just one solitary goal in 17 league appearances for Town last term. He ended last season on loan at Championship rivals QPR.

But Fulop believes that Priskin’s so-far hidden talents will now come to the fore, beginning with tomorrow’s trip to Middlesbrough.

“Tamas is not a typical Championship striker,” continued Fulop.

“He has a lot of qualities. His movement is great, but he just needs that confidence.

“When he scores his first goal, I think a lot more will come from him.

“We are great friends. In the national team, we share rooms together, so it’s great to come to the same club as him. Hopefully we can achieve success together.

“I think we can help each other out. That’s why I came here, to do well and help the club achieve their goals.”

Fulop, who first came to England to join Tottenham six years ago, enjoyed playing under Roy Keane during the Irishman’s spell on the hot seat at Sunderland.

The 27-year-old is now looking forward to rekindling that relationship, and helping Town to follow the Black Cats into the top flight.

“Everything is geared to this club getting back to the Premier League,” said Fulop.

“The manager (Keane) knows how to handle the Premier League, so it’s a great set-up.

“It’s nice to be here, because it (the contract) had been dragging on for a few weeks now. I’m very grateful that there is now a point at the end of the sentence.”

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