Luke Ingram plays for three Suffolk clubs in three competitions in one week!

LUKE Ingram may have a unique claim to fame.

The talented 19-year-old, who lives in Ipswich, recently played for three different Suffolk clubs in three different competitions in the space of a week!

After turning out for Hadleigh United, where he was on loan, at Norwich United in the Ridgeons League on the Saturday, Ingram came on as a substitute for parent club Bury Town against Needham Market in a Suffolk Premier Cup tie on the Tuesday.

Ryman League Division One North side AFC Sudbury then stepped in to take Ingram on loan, and he made his debut at home to Leiston the following Saturday.

Ingram, who initially joined AFC Sudbury on a month’s loan, has not surprisingly found it difficult to break into the team at Bury Town, whose midfield includes two former Ipswich Town players, since making his debut in the 2009/10 season.

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Among the midfielders at the club’s disposal are ex-Ipswich Town duo John Kennedy and Billy Clark while a third ex-Portman Road player, James Scowcroft, has been sidelined by injury all season.

Ingram, who played for Team Bury while at West Suffolk College on the football scheme for two years before leaving at the end of last season, is still hoping to make the grade at Ram Meadow.

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He joined Ridgeons League Premier Division Hadleigh on a dual registration in late October to further his footballing education, but after turning in some man-of-the-match displays for the Millfield outfit AFC Sudbury came calling.

Ingram, whose only first-team start for Richard Wilkins’ side this season came at home to Gorleston in an FA Cup tie, said: “I want to be playing regularly. It is alright to sit on the bench for so long.

“We agreed at the start of the season that if I didn’t break into the side I would go on loan. Hadleigh were looking for a midfielder and were willing to take me, and it was not too far for me to travel so it was a convenient move.

“Hadleigh are a good club and I was really enjoying my football again and playing week in, week out, but the opportunity to play at a higher level for AFC Sudbury was too good to miss. They are good lads who play good football which suits me, and if the chance comes at Bury I will be match sharp.

“I would love to break into the first team at Bury and show that I am good enough. I am the youngest member of the squad, and I know that when I get a chance I have to make sure that I take it.”

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