Wright eyes a new contract

DAVID Wright has an extra reason to want to face Bristol City in Ipswich Town's Championship fixture at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm) today.

Elvin King

DAVID Wright has an extra reason to want to face Bristol City in Ipswich Town's Championship fixture at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm) today.

The Blues full back wants the chance to show what he can do as he is eager to earn an extension to his current contract that runs out in June.

He says that the Ipswich of last August and September would probably have lost Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe when the visitors came from behind to earn a welcome point.

“I'd love to be offered a new contract,” said Wright.

“I've been here for three years and along with my family feel settled with my children at school.

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“I love playing for this club and it would be great if I could have a few more years here.

“It's up to the manager whether I stay and hopefully if I work hard I'll get what I deserve.”

Wright, 29, has started the previous two Ipswich games and is fit after a shoulder scan on Wednesday revealed no major problem. He took a knock at Scunthorpe on Tuesday and also has a lingering ankle problem that he says he can play through.

He expects Bristol City to offer stiff opposition on the back of their win over West Brom at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

“But we're in good form too,” Wright added.

“The lads were devastated after the defeat at Peterborough but other than that it has been a good four-match away run.

“It has been tough but we've accrued a decent amount of points.

“We now need to keep the points ticking away and tomorrow is a big game for us.

“Scunthorpe are strong at home and on a tricky pitch and with the snow and the wind they made it tough for us.

“They are the type of games that you don't want to lose, and maybe earlier in the season we'd have come back empty handed.

“We did what we had to do.”

Wright, who is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust based at Portman Road, has made 19 starts this term despite spending much of September training with the reserve and youth team.

He came up from the back to score with a spectacular header as Ipswich won their first league match of the season with a 1-0 win over Derby County on October 31.

“I just want to play,” he said.