Roy: We haven’t given up on Lee
LEE Martin still has a future at Portman Road.
So says Blues manager Roy Keane, who confirms that he has not given up on the 23-year-old former Manchester United player who cost Town a reported
�2million last summer.
The Taunton-born raiding midfielder has started just ten games and appeared eight times as a substitute – scoring one goal.
On paper his career has taken a nosedive over the last 12 months from playing in the first team at Old Trafford to playing 90 minutes against local Suffolk side Needham Market in the Suffolk Premier Cup final on Monday.
His failure to command a place in the senior side opens suggestions that he might be allowed to leave Town in the summer if the chance arose.
But he still has three years left on his Ipswich contract, and Keane said: “It hasn’t happened for Lee.
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“He’s played in one or two positions but not been able to carve out a regular place.
“As much as we have to look at ourselves over Lee and Tamas Priskin, the players have to look at themselves as well.
“Lee is a talented footballer, but in the Championship you need more than that.
“He’s been reminded on what we expect from him on the pitch.
“He’s been fantastic in training and we haven’t given up on him – or any of our players who haven’t made the team regularly.”
Martin scored one goal in the 4-1 win over Ridgeons League Needham, and had a hand in two others – manufacturing a number of missed chances for himself.
Ironically, players from the current Manchester United academy through which Martin was produced will be at Portman Road tomorrow in a special under-15 game starting at 7.30pm – with other members of the Ipswich youth set-up aged from eight to 16 also going through their paces on the main pitch from 6.45pm.
“It will be a Festival of Football,” Town’s academy director Sammy Morgan said.
- Ipswich Town will be issuing season ticket information later today based on the numbers sold for next season at the time of the Early Bird special discount deadline.
- Jack Colback, who is on loan from Sunderland, has been named Town’s Players’ Player of the Year. He also picked up the Goal of the Season award for his strike at Blackpool in the FA Cup.
- Jaime Peters won the Most Improved Player of the Year award, while Gareth McAuley picked up the boxholders’ and sponsors’ prize and defender Tom Eastman was the Academy Player of the Year.