Town star would like to “see” new offer

MAN-of-the-match Arran Lee-Barrett may have been promised a new deal, but he hasn’t seen any written confirmation yet.

MAN-of-the-match Arran Lee-Barrett may have been promised a new deal, but he hasn’t seen any written confirmation yet.

Ipswich Town’s in-form keeper, who has been elevated to the No.1 spot in the last five matches, kept a clean-sheet as Town completed their fifth league double of the season, at the expense of hosts Bristol City on Saturday.

Lee-Barrett’s current contract expires this summer, so the 27-year-old is eager to sort out his future.

And although manager Paul Jewell revealed last week that the club were to offer the Ipswich-born custodian another deal, he has heard or seen nothing since.

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“I spoke to the manager last Wednesday,” confirmed Lee-Barrett, following his latest impressive display at Ashton Gate,

“He said there will be an offer, and that’s the way it has been left. But I would like to have the offer. I haven’t seen it yet.”

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Lee-Barrett dislodged Marton Fulop from the starting line-up last month, and celebrated his return to the side with a clean-sheet in the 2-0 home win over Scunthorpe, which was his first appearance of the season.

“In fact, he is yet to finish on a losing side this term, with Town winning four and drawing the other of their last five fixtures.

Of course Lee-Barrett will be eager to retain his place for this Thursday evening’s East Anglian derby, at home to Norwich City.

It is a special occasion for fans and players alike, a fact not lost on Lee-Barrett, who used to support the Blues from the stands as a youngster.

“It would be great to get a win for the fans,” enthused Lee-Barrett, looking ahead to the visit of the third-placed Canaries.

“I know what this game means to the fans, being a local lad, and I know what it means to the town.

“Of course there is always that extra bite to a local derby, so we would really like to win.

“However, Norwich are going well and you have to respect that.

“I’ve seen many local (East Anglian) derbies while watching from the stands as a fan. It’s always a great occasion.

“Every single player wants to get the win for the fans,” added Lee-Barrett.

Ironically, Lee-Barrett was not even in the squad when Town were thumped 4-1 by Norwich City in a one-sided affair at Carrow Road on November 28. He was third choice keeper during the first four months of the season, behind Fulop and Brian Murphy in the pecking order.

“Everything has changed since the Carrow Road game,” explained Lee-Barrett.

“We are a team that believes in each other.

“The whole squad is pushing for it, and that’s a sign of the progress we have made.”

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