Jewell admits gamble over new keeper

PAUL Jewell has admitted he is taking a gamble over the season-long loan signing of David Stockdale.

The 25-year-old signed from Fulham on Tuesday and just hours later impressed during the abandoned friendly against Colchester United.

But due to a 24-hour release clause in his contract, Stockdale could leave Portman Road at any time this season.

Jewell said: “That is obviously a bit of a risk we are taking but he is a quality goalkeeper.”

The Town boss was also quick to reiterate that he wanted Marton Fulop to remain at the club, even though Stockdale seems set to start the season as the number one.

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Jewell said: “We like that type of competition throughout the team.”

Stockdale impressed during his bow at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, making one fantastic save to deny Anthony Wordsworth.

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