Peters sets himself two goals

IPSWICH TOWN: All is right in the world for 23-year-old Jaime Peters right now.

And the Canadian international has his heart set on making them even better.

He has forced his way into a situation where he is a first-team regular with the Blues, and he has his sights set on adding to his international caps before the end of the autumn.

Now recognised as the regular right back following the summer departures of David Wright and Liam Rosenior, Peters is set to play a leading role in today’s opening home Championship game of the season against Burnley at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

For two years he was the forgotten man at the club with previous manager Jim Magilton leaving the youngster out in the cold and only bringing him back as an emergency full back in his final game in charge at home to Norwich City in April 2009.

Peters’ career has not looked back since then – and he is now recognised more as attack-minded defender than a marauding wide midfielder.

“I don’t care where I play as long as I am in the team,” said Peters.

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“We have won our opening two games and that now is the easy part.

“Now we must look to build on that with three points against Burnley.

“Fans don’t perhaps realise what a difference winning matches makes.

“When you are successful everybody is happy – everything is good.

“When you are losing it can be very different.”

Questions have been asked about the spirit in the Ipswich camp over the last 12 months or so, but Peters added:

“The spirit is good. We’re all being themselves every day in training etc and with winning the opening two matches everything seems good.

“Like everybody else I’m really happy right now.

“Being out in the cold for so long was frustrating as I was at an age when all I wanted to do was to play.

“Some players may have taken it really badly and their careers may have suffered.

“But I was determined to come through the other end, and I don’t want to go through that experience again.

“I want it to be as it is at the moment.

“I’ve settled into the English way of life and have got to grips with the culture and I have friends here.”

Canada have games coming up on their home soil in September and a short tour of Europe in October.

“I’d love to play for my country,” added Peters. “My aim is to play in as many internationals as I can.

“It fills me with pride, and hopefully if the dates suit all parties I’ll be able to add to my caps.

“Burnley will be a hard game, but this is what we are here for – to face challenges head on and come through successful.”

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