Haynes calls on Walters and Lee to stay

DANNY Haynes has called on Jon Walters and Alan Lee to stay with promotion chasing Blues.

Derek Davis

DANNY Haynes has called on Jon Walters and Alan Lee to stay with promotion chasing Blues.

With Stoke apparently keen on Walters and Crystal Palace eyeing Lee, Haynes wants both to remain at Portman Road with him.

Haynes said; “I don't want anyone to go and I hope they stay.

“He is a good seasoned pro and we want him to stay. He is a good player and I have learned a lot from him.

“We need players like Jon who do so much for the team and Alan Lee who is an experienced player too. Again I don't want anyone to go.”

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Town fans will hope Haynes practises what he preaches should a Premier League side make a move for him.

Portsmouth, Wigan, Everton and Aston Villa are among clubs thought to be tracking the 20-year-old

Walters' absence in pre-season meant Haynes got plenty of game time and even when the former Chester City man came back Haynes kept his place in the side that beat Leyton Orient 4-1 on Tuesday and grabbed two goals.

The speedy forward has gained something of a reputation as an impact payer coming off the bench to cause problems late on but now Haynes wants to make his mark from the start of matches.

He said: “I need to get as many starts as I can. In previous seasons I have not started that many games but I'm determined to work my heart out to make that happen.”

Although a menace going forward, Haynes has been criticised for not doing enough tracking back

“We have been working on that in training. It is important to cover for each other and it worked for us on Tuesday.

“We now have to carry that on against Burnley on Saturday.”

Although Town will have Pablo Counago and Kevin Lisbie competing for the starting places along with Walters and Lee, Hayes hopes to keep his place and get back in among the goals after missing out on his hat-trick against Orient.

Haynes said: “I was annoyed I didn't get a hat-trick but I should happy with what I got and want to take the way I played on against Burnley.”