Murray recalled from Torquay
RONAN Murray has been recalled from his loan stay at Torquay, and will go straight into Ipswich Town’s squad for this afternoon’s game at Swansea City.
RONAN Murray has been recalled from his loan stay at Torquay, and will go straight into Ipswich Town’s squad for tomorrow afternoon’s game at Swansea City.
Murray had been gearing up for an eighth appearance in a Gulls shirt, at home to Burton Albion tomorrow, following his arrival at Plainmoor on March 11.
However, Town had a 24-hour recall clause in the loan deal, to kick in at the end of the first month, and manager Paul Jewell has decided that the time is now right to give the 19-year-old a further chance in the Town first-team squad.
Murray has yet to start for Town, although the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international was a regular in the squad during the first half of this season under former manager Roy Keane.
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He made a terrific start to the season, by scoring on his senior debut as a substitute in a 3-2 win at Exeter City in a Carling Cup first round tie on August 10.
Four days later and he made his Football League debut as a 72nd minute substitute in Town’s 1-1 home draw against Burnley.
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Unable to break into the first team squad following Jewell’s arrival on the Portman Road hot seat, Murray has enjoyed regular football at League Two play-off chasers Torquay over the last six weeks.
He has started four games, and made three further appearances from the bench, scoring in Torquay’s 2-1 home win over Cheltenham.
He was a late substitute in Torquay’s goalless draw against Wycombe on Good Friday.
Jewell’s attacking options have been limited in recent weeks, following Tamas Priskin’s loan move to tomorrow’s hosts Swansea, while fellow striker Jason Scotland has been struggling for form.