Town star reveals his debt to Magilton

IPSWICH TOWN: One of Jim Magilton’s last decisions before he was ousted as Blues manager back in April 2009 was to rubber stamp the signing of Troy Brown.

IPSWICH TOWN: One of Jim Magilton’s last decisions before he was ousted as Blues manager back in April 2009 was to rubber stamp the signing of Troy Brown.

And Roy Keane’s predecessor’s judgement has been proved right with the 20-year-old now a regular member of the Town squad and set to start today’s npower Championship against Coventry City at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm) on the bench.

Brown has made six first team appearances since he joined Ipswich after being released by Fulham starting the game at Reading on September 28 and coming on as a substitute a fortnight ago in the home 2-1 victory over Leeds United.

He revealed that he owes his career being resurrected to Magilton.

“I played in an exits game and was spotted by Ipswich scout Steve McCall,” said Brown. “I also went to Charlton, but have no regrets at all at moving to Ipswich after Mr Magilton made his move.

“A new gaffer came in and here we are – it’s been better for me than staying with a Premier League club.”

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Brown, who was born in London but spent the first seven years of his life in Wales, has a desire to add to his international caps.

“A have caps at youth levels, but have yet to play for the Under-21 side,” added Brown, who played under current Wales senior boss for the Under-17’s and 19’s.

“But that’s not a priority at the moment – getting a regular place in the Ipswich squad is what I’m striving for.

“Tom Eastman and Jaime Peters are my buddies and we are competing for the right back role with the fact that we are spurring each other on only good for us – and the club.”

Brown received an horrific blow in a reserve game last season and it needed expert dental work to repair the damage.

“Two teeth were pushed right back into the gums, but the dentist did a great job and it hasn’t affected my eating or my looks,” he quipped.

“It’s part and parcel of football and although it may have been a bit tough mentally last season trying to get into the first team the manager was always positive and helped me to keep my head up.”

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