Supple is looking for another loan spell

SHANE Supple is looking to go out on loan in January.

Derek Davis

SHANE Supple is looking to go out on loan in January.

The Irish keeper is out of contract next summer and is free to talk to clubs about a move next month.

Although he would rather stay at Portman Road the Ipswich Town's back up keeper has not played a first team game in nearly two years and admits to being frustrated.

Supple, one of the eight players in the controversial meeting with manager Jim Magilton less than 48 hours before the defeat at Norwich City, is hoping he will be allowed the opportunity to go elsewhere.

The 21-year-old said: “Once we get this busy Christmas period out of the way then I will have a chat with the manager and see what the plan is. I don't want to leave here, I love this club, but obviously I want to play games so may be a loan in January might come into the equation if the gaffer sanctions it.

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“I need to build my experience up and we will see how we can go about that.”

Like 13 other players, including first teamers Tommy Miller, Alex Bruce and Richard Naylor, Supple is waiting to find out if he will be offered a new deal.

He said: “There has been no talk about our futures, but maybe more will be said in January.”

Supple's last stint in goal for Town was in the goalless draw against Chester City in January 2007. He will remember that his last league game was in the 2-0 home defeat Sheffield Wednesday on November 11, 2006.

He said: “I'm frustrated but I have come to terms with it. I have grown up a lot and have learned to deal with this.

“Of course I want to play football but I always understood what was going to happen when a senior goalkeeper was brought in.

“Richard has come in and done absolutely fantastic so I can have no complaints.”

After a spell on loan with Falkirk in the SPL last season, the Republic of Ireland international hopeful is keen to go to an English club next time round.

He said: “It definitely won't be in Ireland. The standard is not up there with the English or even Scottish league so it would probably be an English club.”

Supple played down the upset caused by the meeting he attended and insists the players are still united.

He said: “It was another meeting for me. There is no problem in the dressing room. It is a good group of lads who get on really well.

“I can understand frustrations, everyone gets frustrated everyone wants to play but it is a squad thing now.

“Everyone will probably get used at some time during the season.

“It is an exceptionally busy period now and injuries and suspensions come in, so everyone will be given a chance.”