Town coach makes early impression

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues youngsters are already benefiting from the arrival of coach Mike Pejic.

So says Sammy Morgan, who is the academy manager at Portman Road and appointed the former defender as head of youth coaching and coach education.

Pejic has signed a two-year contract and was in charge when Town’s Under-18 side beat Southwold Town 8-0 in a friendly on Thursday.

“The boys are already benefiting from working with Mike,” said Morgan.

“I’m sure he will prove to be a great asset to youth development at this club over the next two years.

“I’ve known Mike since we were players and I can remember playing against him for Northern Ireland when he was in the England side.

“He’s got bags of experience, is a highly respected coach and has worked at every level in the game, both in this country and abroad.

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“The manager was fully supportive of Mike joining us.”

Canadian striker Caolan Lavery scored a hat-trick in a game against Southwold played in three thirds.

Jack Simmons also scored twice with Rory McKeown, Tom Winter and Jide Maduako also finding the net.

Keane watched from the touchline along with first team coach Tony Loughlan and fitness coach Antonio Gomez.

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