Lee out to give Ipswich a boost
ALAN Lee today confirmed that he sees his future with Ipswich Town.And the 29-year-old striker will be out to give the Blues a boost when they entertain Blackpool in the Coca-Cola Championship at Portman Road tomorrow (kick off 3pm).
ALAN Lee today confirmed that he sees his future with Ipswich Town.
And the 29-year-old striker will be out to give the Blues a boost when they entertain Blackpool in the Coca-Cola Championship at Portman Road tomorrow (kick off 3pm).
Ten-goal Lee was the subject of a reported bid from Burnley in the transfer window, but he revealed today: “It was only a speculation and I knew nothing about it.
“When I signed my contract extension with Ipswich last summer I said I was ecstatic at doing so - and my feelings remain the same now.
“These are exciting times at Portman Road and the manager has made some exceptional signings in the transfer window.
“David Norris will prove to be worth every penny of the money the club spent while Alan Quinn is an exceptional talent and a welcome addition to our squad.
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“And with the Velice Sumulikoski a highly-skilled player we can look forward to a good end to the season.
“Every game is critical now and we'll be looking at collecting three points from Blackpool and hopefully I will be in the team and able to score a goal or two as we seek to consolidate our top six position.”
Lee said that the Achilles heel problem that he suffered last month has virtually cleared up, admitting: “I told the manager that I was not in a position to give 100 per cent.
“I was unable to run as freely as I wanted but I have been in full training now for a couple of weeks and with the grounds firming up I should be ok.
“The right Achilles is now 100 per cent while I still get a little pain from the left one but I am back to virtual full fitness and after my rest I am in a better position to help the club go forward.”
Manager Jim Magilton is as usual keeping his cards close to his chest over his team for tomorrow's match, but he could well keep an unchanged team following the 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Magilton said: “We have a number of options and we must ensure that we don't let Blackpool dictate us like Watford last Saturday.
“We must sum up our options if necessary during the match and impose our authority onto the game.”
Quinn, who turned his ankle over before the start on Tuesday, has not been ruled out and if he comes through training okay today he will be considered for a place.
David Wright, Owen Garvan and Pablo Counago are others who will be in Magilton's thoughts for a possible return with no injuries in the squad other than Quinn.