Reggie bids to enter Town record books

HE may not have got close to a first team place, and he still has to do enough to earn a full Ipswich Town contract, but Reggie Lambe is set to go into the Blues record books this weekend.

By Elvin King

HE may not have got close to a first team place, and he still has to do enough to earn a full Ipswich Town contract, but Reggie Lambe is set to go into the Blues record books this weekend.

The midfielder will become the youngest full international on Ipswich's books if he turns out for Bermuda in friendly games against St Kitts and Nevis.

The 16-year-old, who has been named in head coach Keith Tucker's 20-strong weekend squad, is rated Bermuda's hottest footballing property.

A regular in the Town youth sides, Lambe has also appeared for Ipswich at reserve level.

Back in Bermuda for three weeks, Lambe said: “This gives me a chance to play for my country and show Bermuda what I can do.

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“I want to help push Bermuda forward and hopefully inspire more youngsters to get out and do what I'm doing in the UK, or elsewhere.”

It is the footsteps of the likes of Clyde Best, Shaun Goater and Kyle Lightbourne that Lambe aims to retread in his quest to become the next Bermudian to make it big in England.

“At first it was tough at Ipswich because I really missed my family but I'm used to it now and I'm settled,” he added.

“I've been at Ipswich since June and feel my awareness, movement and touch has really improved. I have more confidence on the ball in terms of calling for it, getting into good positions, getting my head up and finishing.”

Lambe joined Ipswich on a full-time basis this season and academy director Tony Humes said: “Reggie came over for trials and we saw enough to offer him an apprenticeship.

“He's got a lot of football in his feet and we saw enough to give him the opportunity.”

Jaime Peters at 18 is the current youngest Ipswich Town full international when he was selected for Canada.

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