Town player has long-term Ipswich future

IPSWICH TOWN: The Blues’ longest serving player has been handed the chance to stay at Portman Road as long as he likes.

Jaime Peters may be only 23 but the Ontarian born utility man has been with Ipswich since 2005 clocking up 93 first team appearances.

He is expected to start at right back for today’s npower Championship game against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park (kick-off 3pm).

On Tuesday he began the Carling Cup game at Millwall in the centre of midfield and ended on the left flank.

Speaking of the Canadian international, Keane said: “I like Jaime.

“He just gets on with the job, and when he’s left out he deals with it pretty well.

“He’s also a good lad on the training pitch, and I’ll be delighted if he keeps doing a job for us.

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“Jaime has been doing that since I first walked into the club, and in my first game at Cardiff where he was outstanding.

“He’s had a new deal since then, and been away on international duty, so he’s had his rewards. And he’s deserved them.”

“Tom Eastman has done well at right back for the last two games, but three games in a week is a big ask.”

Peters who played for Canada at left-back earlier this month, played behind a lone striker in the league fixture at Blackpool last season to show his versatility.

And hinting on a long term future at Portman Road for Peters, Keane went on: “You want people like Jaime Peters at your football club.

“I’m very happy with him. He’s got a good attitude.

“We’re obviously looking to cement him in a position, but if sometimes he ends up doing a job like he did the other night, in different positions, then we will be delighted.

“I don’t think Jaime gets bogged down about playing in different positions, because he has such a good attitude.

“In fact, it might suit him.

“You always want a couple of players like that at your club.”

Ipswich are ball number six today for the Carling Cup fourth round draw that is set to take place live on Sky Sports aropund 12.15pm. On Tuesday, Ipswich visit Reading before entertaining Leeds next Saturday.

The Blues then have a two-week break while European Championship qualifiers take place.

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