Ipswich Town’s Polish defender determined to win regular place in Mick McCarthy’s side

Piotr Malarczyk (left) in action at Portsmouth

Piotr Malarczyk (left) in action at Portsmouth

Ipswich Town defender Piotr Malarczyk says he has no regrets over moving to Portman Road, despite being disappointed by a lack of playing time since moving to Suffolk.

The former Korona Kielce man made the move to Ipswich in August but has been unable to dislodge centre-back pairing Christophe Berra and Tommy Smith.

In one of his rare starts, Malarczyk was dismissed in the FA Cup replay defeat at Portsmouth, also giving away a penalty, but insists he still made the right decision to come to England.

“I would make exactly the same decision now or in year’s time,” he told SportoweFakty.pl.

“I just wanted to give it a try at a foreign club and had always made it clear that I was working hard so I can eventually move abroad.”

He added: “I obviously can’t say I am happy with this situation, simply because I am not playing enough.

“But if you look, for example, at Dusan Kuciak [arguably the best goalkeeper in the Polish Ekstraklasa in recent seasons] who moved from Legia to Hull City and he’s not even on the bench.”

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Malarczyk is not the only Town player to have been frustrated at times by a laock of opportunities under Mick McCarthy, his compatriot Bartosz Bialkowski having only recently regained his berth in goal for the Blues.

On not being given his chance, the defender explained: “It’s hard to tell. Bartosz Bialkowski, for example, lost his place not because of a lack of form but because of personal matters.

“And even though he looked great in training he had to wait until the then-first choice keeper picked up an injury.

“I’m in an even worse situation as central defenders don’t get replaced until they make some serious mistakes.”

But Malarczyk added: “I didn’t move to England to give up after six months,” he insisted. “The Championship is a very difficult league, the style of football is completely different to the one in Poland.

“I would like to stay in England. I am not going to moan about the lack of playing time.

“It’s a shame that the last few months have not looked good but I have two options: complain that the manager’s not giving me enough chances or train very hard and show him that I am always ready to play. I am choosing the latter.”