Supple will fight to be Blues number one

SHANE Supple has fired a warning at new Blues number one Richard Wright and vowed he will not have things all his own way.

Derek Davis

SHANE Supple has fired a warning at new Blues number one Richard Wright and vowed he will not have things all his own way.

The 30-year-old Wright has signed from West Ham in an initial £500,000, rising with add-ons, on a two-year deal, with the option of a third.

But after playing in all four friendlies so far, 21-year-old Supple is determined to make a fight of the goalkeeping spot.

Supple said: “It was good playing 90 minutes every game and I felt I did well. I know he (Jim Magilton) has brought in Richard, but I want to play and will be pushing to do that.

“He won't be getting an easy ride. I will make him work hard for his place.”

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Wright last night admitted he wasn't sure the deal would ever get done.

He said: “I was worried that things were not going to work out, what with the move taking so long, especially after what happened last year, when I probably didn't show enough patience.”

The former Arsenal and Everton keeper is pleased to be back at his home-town club, where he started his career and could finish his playing days.

Wright said: “I'm thrilled to be back at the Club.

“It feels like I have come back home and I'm delighted to be back wearing an Ipswich Town shirt.

“Ipswich has done so much for my career. The club gave me a great grounding in the game and now hopefully, it's my time to repay them.

“I have always enjoyed a great relationship with the fans and I'm looking forward to that again. I can't wait to get started.”

Supple, a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, had a taste of regular football when he played in the latter at of Falkirk's SPL season and would not be comfortable spending this new season sitting on the bench and may look for a move elsewhere.

Supple said: “I don't want to leave Ipswich but I'm 21 and I need to be playing games. It comes down to what the manager decides so we will probably sit down and have a chat.”

Whether that means another loan or a permanent move has to be decided but Supple felt he benefited greatly by his time at Firs Park, and looks physically bigger and stronger after hitting the weights.

He said: “I enjoyed getting away for a bit getting new ideas. I'm back now and looking to show how I have improved.

“I worked on hard the weights in Falkirk.

“The kit man is an ex-bodybuilding coach called Cheb Sproule. He is bit of a character and he can take a lot of credit because I did a lot of work with him. I battered away on the weights three mornings a week and that has been noticeable.”

Supple has seen Kelvin Davis, Lewis Price, Neil Alexander, Nick Colgan and Stephen Bywater come and go and is now working with his third goalkeeping coach in James Hollman after the departure of Malcolm Webster and Andy Rhodes.