‘Now for the Premier League’ - Drury
ANDY Drury is not prepared to settle for what he has got.
To have made such an impressive jump from non-league football to starring in a Championship game inside a month would be enough to satisfy most people.
But 27-year-old Ipswich Town recruit Drury is a slick working midfielder who is a bit different from the norm.
He is now looking at the Premier League as a platform to utilise his talents having slogged for most of his working life on a building site while playing football basically for fun.
Drury won plaudits from one and all for his display in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against in-form Hull City at Portman Road and he is in contention to keep his place for tomorrow night’s trip to leaders Queens Park Rangers even though Jimmy Bullard will be available again.
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“The set up at Ipswich is fantastic,” said Drury.
“It’s all geared up for Premier League football, so during my time here I hope that I can help the club to get there.
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“Time will tell whether I can become a Premiership player, but I certainly hope so.
“Sometimes I thought my chance has gone, to play in the Football League let alone the Premier League.
“But it’s happened.
“It would have been nice to finish my first 90 minutes for Ipswich with a win, but they threw everything at us during the last 10 minutes.
“We are all disappointed in the dressing room not to get the win after playing so well and were left a bit gutted.”
After getting a taste of Championship football as second half substitute in the 6-0 win at Doncaster on Tuesday, Drury was as pleased as punch to follow an impressive 45 minutes in the reserves on Wednesday with a start on Saturday.
He went on: “I enjoyed it. Hopefully I can build on that. I felt comfortable out there and want to try and keep my place.
“It didn’t feel like it was a huge jump up from Conference football, and I just played my own game and I don’t really get nervous before games.”
Drury admits that he is still pinching himself at Town manager Paul Jewell giving him his big chance.
“I just hope I won’t wake up and find out it’s all a dream,” he added.
“Otherwise I will go back to sleep again! It’s a challenge I have been looking forward to.”