Magilton defends skipper De Vos

JASON De Vos is still very much the main man in Jim Magilton's Ipswich Town defence.Any suggestion that Magilton is looking to replace his commanding captain is met with a curt response from the Blues boss, who is showing determined loyalty to the club's most dominant defender.

By Derek Davis

JASON De Vos is still very much the main man in Jim Magilton's Ipswich Town defence.

Any suggestion that Magilton is looking to replace his commanding captain is met with a curt response from the Blues boss, who is showing determined loyalty to the club's most dominant defender.

While the message boards may be chattering about Town's inadequacies at the back, with a section of supporters blaming the Canadian for any shortcomings, the Town coaching staff think differently.


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De Vos is arguably the best header of a ball at the back, the most experienced centre-half, with international experience, and a Gold Cup-winner's medal in his cabinet, and a tough tackler who has played through the pain barrier on numerous occasions.

He has played a skipper's role on and off the pitch for the Blues, although he missed the latter part of the season with a fractured metatarsal.

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Magilton simply said: “As a defender and as a captain, Jason is outstanding.”

It was then a case of 'move on, ask about something else.'

While the Irishman is not pretending everything is rosy when it comes to leaking goals, he hopes, and expects, that the arrival of Scotland keeper Neil Alexander will go a long way towards tightening things up.

He said: “We brought a new goalkeeper in because we felt a different voice would help all our defenders. I felt a new keeper would settle down our defence.

“We have plenty of experience in the back four. We finished with David Wright, Alex Bruce, Fabian Wilnis and Dan Harding, and they have a lot of games between them.”

Although Magilton has not been actively hunting a new defender, he is always prepared to bring in someone he feels can improve his squad sufficiently. To that end, when he heard from Pablo Counago's agent that Cesar Navas, a player Magilton was already well aware of from following Spanish football, was available, he pounced for him.

Sadly the curse of the modern footballer struck and Navas limped out of the friendly against Crawley with a suspected cracked metatarsal, although he has been earmarked for the future, even though he carries a six-figure price tag.

“Navas came along accidentally. He has looked impressive considering he only had five days pre-season with us, and if we had another chance then we would have taken another look at him.”

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