No-one should feel insecure, says Jim

WITH so many players on his books now, Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton said that that no one in his squad should feel insecure.“Our five new quality signings will not breed insecurity.

Elvin King

WITH so many players on his books now, Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton said that that no one in his squad should feel insecure.

“Our five new quality signings will not breed insecurity. They will breed healthy competition,” said Magilton.

“With places up for grabs it will mean players will have to play better. It will keep them focused.”


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Magilton said he still feels he is one or two players short, but short-term loans can come into play in a week's time.

“I am confident our new players will fit in well and we will hit the ground running.

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“They will handle it. But we have to be aware that it might take a little while for everybody to find their feet.”

Talking of David Norris, his number one target, Magilton said: “He epitomises what I like about the game with enthusiasm and desire.

“He will get better and is the right age to step up.”

And talking of goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, Magilton said: “I have known him for a long while and know what he is capable of. And Nick Coglan will push him hard.

“Stephen and Alex Bruce have kissed and made up after their set-do last season, and the incident showed the will to win in both players.”

Talking of Jaime Peters, Billy Clarke and Shane Supple, who have all gone on loan, Magilton said: “My hope is that they come back more mature and better players.

“They need games, and without being able to provide them with competitive reserve team football it is important they will be playing first team football.

“It is not easy being number two keeper and hopefully Shane's stock will rise. All three players can still have a big future with Ipswich.”

Magilton confirmed that all the new players will be in the squad for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship match at Sheffield Wednesday as long as international clearance comes through from Turkey for Velice Sumulikoski by tonight.

Town chairman David Sheepshanks said: “We can look back on the last month's work with satisfaction.

“But it is in my nature never to be satisfied and we still have loan deals available to us.

“We must applaud new owner Marcus Evans for making these deals possible.”

Goalkeeper Nick Colgan is an Irish international who Magilton wants to push Bywater.

Colgan, who has settled his contract with Barnsley, started his career in England with Chelsea after moving from Eircom League side Drogheda.

He spent time on loan at Crewe, Grimsby, Brentford, Millwall and Reading, before joining Bournemouth on a free transfer. He made 147 appearances for Hibernian and also played for Stockport before joining Barnsley in the summer of 2004.

Central defender Jamie Stevens will not be joining the Blues. Stevens, 18, spent four days on trial with Town earlier this week but the trail will go no further.

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