POLL: Jack Marriott targets festive flurry of games at Ipswich Town

Jack Marriott in action for Ipswich Town at Lowestoft Town last season

Jack Marriott in action for Ipswich Town at Lowestoft Town last season - Credit: Archant

Jack Marriott is targeting game time with Ipswich Town’s first team before the new year.

The 19-year-old is currently enjoying a month-long loan spell at Skrill Premier outfit Woking and took his tally to three goals in two games for the Cards at the weekend, grabbing a brace in the team’s 3-2 home win against Hyde.

Town boss Mick McCarthy is keen for Marriott to gain experience in the rough and tumble of non-league and the striker is backing his manager’s action plan.

However, having made his Football League debut at Burnley in May, Marriott is eager to earn another first team chance.

“In the next few weeks, I want to play really well at Woking, score a few goals and play week-in, week-out,” said Marriott.

“It would be nice to come back around the Christmas period when there is a busy run of matches at Ipswich, and hopefully I can get some game time in the Championship.

“I am enjoying the experience at Woking though and I had no hesitation in going there, playing for points in a very good league, against big, strong defenders.

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“Mick McCarthy is a very good manager who has been dealing with players and developing them throughout his career, so anything he recommends to me, I will snap up.”

Marriott made a goalscoring start for the Cards last Tuesday, in the 3-0 win against Dartford, and earned his second Man of the Match award on Saturday.

Tuesday’s game was even sweeter for the teenager as McCarthy watched his young striker receive a standing ovation from the Woking crowd when he was substituted two minutes from time.

“I knew he was going to be at the game but I am always a bit nervous playing in front of him, trying to prove myself,” added Marriott.

“I was really happy he came along, playing the way I did, and I took it as a massive compliment that he took time out to do so.”