Shane relishing playing in first team

IPSWICH Town goalkeeper Shane Supple is relishing the chance to play first team football again.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town goalkeeper Shane Supple is relishing the chance to play first team football again.

After spending virtually the whole of the last three seasons sitting on the bench as understudy to Lewis Price, Neil Alexander, Stephen Bywater and Richard Wright at Portman Road, Supple is currently playing for Oldham in League One.

Joe Royle, who gave Supple his first team debut for the Blues, is now manager of the Latics.

Supple is out of contract with Ipswich in the summer and admits that he could be playing for his future at Boundary Park.

He said: “I don't know what is going to happen but by being with Oldham it puts me in the shop window.

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“Being a number two keeper is one of the most difficult positions in football. And it is especially hard when you have played first-team football.

“Joe has been a massive influence on my career as gave me my chance at Ipswich as a kid.

“It's great that he hadn't forgotten me and I hope I can do the business for him.”