New Ipswich star Carson already has an illustrious chauffeur!

NEW Ipswich Town kid on the block Josh Carson already has his own illustrious chauffeur.

It’s none other than Blues team mate and fellow star in the making Connor Wickham.

Carson brought the house down at Portman Road on Saturday with both home goals in a 2-1 Championship victory over Crystal Palace.

He showed a maturity beyond his 17 years, but off the pitch the lad from Antrim is still a learner when it comes to the road.

“Connor drives me about and comes and picks me up from my digs,“ said Carson, who had his parents Glynn and Elaine over from Northern Ireland for the weekend along with six of his near relatives.


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“It’s a credit to Connor and shows how close we are.”

And it’s not just on the field that Carson owes a debt to a lad just over two months older who is already rated in the �6million bracket.

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“Connor helps me get through games as well - he is always giving me words of wisdom on the pitch to keep me going.”

Carson, who is signed on full professional forms until the summer of 2012, has no regrets about joining Ipswich after being a highly sought after schoolboy.

“I see myself being here long term, and I‘m just happy to be here,” he added. “I’d heard about the history with the UEFA Cup win etc and have found it to be a fantastic family orientated club.

“It’s the perfect place to get the best football education, and it was brilliant to have my parents and family sitting in the stand.”

Carson notched two contrasting goals, and it was only a little tongue perhaps when he said of the first one: “Oh yeah it was definitely a shot - well a cross-cum-shot.

“No, it was a shot, and the ball went into the net off the far post - perfect..

“The second goal was more of a poacher’s goal.

“I was told to that I was to be on the keeper for set plays, and when there was a lucky rebound following a corner I was in the right place at the right time.

“Words cannot describe how I felt when the first goal went in, and then to score my second senior goal was unbelievable.”

Carson says that he was always confident he could step up to the mark when his chance came along.

He went on: “I have always been confident in my own ability. Back home I was always the best player, but over here it is different with everybody a good player particularly at first team level.

“Hopefully I have done enough to start tomorrow’s home game against Middlesbrough - or be on the bench anyway.

“Roy Keane showed faith in me and I had one or two trips with the first team, but it is the current manager who has injected the will into me.

“He’s played me and given me my chance and putting his arm around me and telling me I‘m good enough.

“I’ll carry on cleaning the gaffer’s boots. I haven’t really been doing them that well.

“But at the end of the day I want my football to do the talking for me.”

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