Like father, like son – Jason Dozzell using experience to guide son Andre at Ipswich Town

Andre and Jason Dozzell

A 13-year-old Andre Dozzell, alongside his famous footballing father Jason, pictured in 2013. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

Jason Dozzell endured a chaotic start to his Ipswich Town career – and now he is determined to make sure his son has a smoother ride.

Andre, who turned 14 years old last month, is a creative midfielder in the mould of his father. Such was his progress last season that he was a regular for the Blues’ Under-16 side and ended the campaign on the bench for the U18s.

Dozzell senior – who made more than 500 Football League appearances for Town and Tottenham – believes his boy has the potential to be a better player than he was.

Already the big clubs are circling and already he has an agent.

The return of Bryan Klug to Playford Road as academy director, plus the club’s application for Category one status, has convinced Dozzell that his beloved Blues is still the best place for Andre to be though.

And now the ex-Town favourite is ready to use his own experiences as a footballing ‘wonder kid’ – having become English football’s youngest ever top-flight goalscorer when netting on his Town debut in 1984 aged just 16 – to help ease the way for his teenage son.

– See today’s EADT and Ipswich Star for full feature.