Keith vows to bring energy, goals and the gift of the gab

STRAIGHT-talking Irishman Keith Andrews has vowed to bring energy, goals and the gift of the gab to the Ipswich Town midfield after finally completing his six-month loan switch from Blackburn Rovers.

Blues boss Paul Jewell has continually rued the fact that he has one of the quietest teams in the Championship – a problem compounded since the charismatic Jimmy Bullard saw his loan spell at the club finish at the end of last season.

However, it now seems like a fired up Andrews could be the one to raise the noise levels on and off the Portman Road pitch again.

“I’m quite vocal and I’m not afraid to say my piece at the right times,” said the 30-year-old, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday and could go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s visit of Hull City.

“I’ve got to find my feet obviously. I can’t come in hollering and shouting straight away because people will think I’m an idiot.


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“The lads will have already seen in training that I’m quite loud on the pitch though and the manager has mentioned to me that he doesn’t want it to be such a quiet dressing room.”

Andrews, who jumped up three divisions in 2008 to follow manager Paul Ince from the MK Dons to Blackburn, only played six games for his club last season after routine groin surgery was blighted by a follow-up infection.

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Insisting those injury worries are now firmly behind him, the Republic of Ireland international says he is raring to go at Portman Road this season after Jewell – who has now made eight summer signings – blew him away with the club’s ambitious plans.

“Although I am 30, I am still an energetic midfielder,” said Andrews, who plays as a more attacking midfielder for his country

“I like to get around the pitch and hopefully I can chip in with some goals as I have been a little restricted at Blackburn at times having to play a deeper-lying role.

“I am not someone who just wants to sit, I want to get forward when the time is right. It is something I have spoken to the manager about and I am sure we will come to some kind of compromise!”

– The former international star Keith owes it all to – see today’s Evening Star.

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