Third time lucky for Patrick Kisnorbo and Ipswich Town

Patrick Kisnorbo

Patrick Kisnorbo - Credit: Archant

PATRICK Kisnorbo admits there’s an element of fate to his Ipswich Town move.

The Australian defender finally joined the Blues on a one-month loan deal last week having twice before come close to a Portman Road switch.

“Myself and Gareth McAuley were supposed to come here (from Leicester in 2008), but he came and I didn’t,” revealed the 31-year-old. “It was just one of those things.

“I was supposed to come here a month ago too, but Leeds said no at that time.

“It’s great to finally be here now. This is a fantastic club. There are a great bunch of lads here, a great coaching staff and great people at the training ground.

“I just want to do my best for the manager and everyone at the club.

“The gaffer and TC (Terry Connor) have been brilliant.

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“Mick’s a great guy. There are lot of managers who might be great managers, but not necessarily personable. Mick is fantastic though and I can only say that he’s been great with me.”

A former central defensive partner of Richard Naylor at Leeds, Kisnorbo said he didn’t have time to speak to anyone about the Blues ahead of his rapid switch.

“It all happened quite quickly,” he said. “I got the call, got the train down here and was training the next day.

“We worked on a shape and the gaffer said that would be the team that was playing.”

Kisnorbo enjoyed a solid debut in last weekend’s spirited 2-1 defeat at Premier League club Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round – his first competitive action since a Capital One Cup tie against Oxford back in August.

“I was just glad to get 90 minutes under my belt and play again, especially against a Premier League side,” said the Australian.

“I think we had a few chances to score, Shay Given made a few great saves and if they’d have gone in it would have been a different game.”

With Luke Chambers and Tommy Smith having started the previous eight games, has Kisnorbo done enough to retain his place at table-toppers Cardiff on Saturday?

“The person to ask is the gaffer,” said the centre-back. “I have no idea about team selection. I’ll just keep doing my best.”

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