I wasn’t given a chance at Town – Drury

ANDY Drury has admitted he would have no problem leaving Ipswich on a permanent basis – claiming he has never been given a chance by Paul Jewell.

The midfielder was one of Jewell’s first signings when he joined Town for �50,000 from non-league Luton Town.

But he has failed to nail down a regular place in the first team, making just six starts and a further eight from the bench.

He last week joined League Two Crawley Town on a three-month loan deal with Jewell admitting it could become a permanent move in January.

And Drury, who scored on his Crawley debut at the weekend, believes he was never able to show the Town fans his true ability.


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The 27-year-old said: “I got the move to Ipswich, and I didn’t play two games in the row there. Even if you are Lionel Messi you are not going to be at your best not playing two games in a row.

“There were a few games I played well, I didn’t feel I was given a chance but the manager has been good to me to let me go out on loan. I will just work as hard as I can here and if it reminds him I am a good player and I go back there and he wants me then great, if not I will keep playing football somewhere else.”

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Drury, who almost joined old club Luton on loan before opting for Crawley, is clearly just looking forward to getting some competitive games under his belt.

In an interview with the Crawley Observer, he added: “For me personally it’s about playing football. The manager said Crawley want to take you and I wanted to go and play football.

“I want to play as high as I can, League 2 is not a bad league, Crawley are up near the top, that is a factor as well that they will be pushing for promotion while I’m here.

“I went to see him (Jewell) a few weeks ago, and said I wanted to go out on loan, he said I could go. In pre-season I didn’t even get more than 45 minutes on the football pitch, so I needed to play. It’s always nice to get a good start and remind people at Ipswich that I’m still a good player and can score goals.”

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