New deal is right for Price

IPSWICH Town's No. 2 goalkeeper Lewis Price has moved swiftly and signed the new two-year deal on offer from Town.The 19-year-old former Academy keeper, who was the Town Reserves regular stopper last season, is the first of the seven out-of-contract Ipswich players to pledge their future to the club.

IPSWICH Town's No. 2 goalkeeper Lewis Price has moved swiftly and signed the new two-year deal on offer from Town, writes David Vincent.

The 19-year-old former Academy keeper, who was the Town Reserves regular stopper last season, is the first of the seven out-of-contract Ipswich players to pledge their future to the club.

Town boss Joe Royle has also offered new contracts to Richard Naylor, Jim Magilton, Fabian Wilnis, Jermaine Wright, Chris Makin and John McGreal though they have time to consider their positions.

Teenager Price, who started his career at Southampton, made further progress with the Ipswich Town Academy before moving up to reserve football.


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Price told the Town website: "I spoke to the manager on Monday and didn't really need any time to think over the deal.

"I was happy with the terms and asked the club to get the paperwork sorted out as soon as possible and I am delighted to have signed.

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"I am really enjoying my time at Ipswich and feel I am learning all the time working alongside Kelvin Davis and coach Malcolm Webster."

Price was regularly on the bench for the first team and made his full debut in the win at Gillingham in April in which he acquitted himself well.

And with No. 1 stopper Kelvin Davis already on a long deal and having had a fine season overall the goalkeeping position has been settled for next season.

There are some good young keepers in the Academy system, including the promising Dubliner Shane Supple who will probably play a lot more reserve football next season.

n Ipswich Town fans seem to be putting the disappointments of the play-offs behind them and backing their team for next season.

There has been a mountain of mail at the Town ticket office this week and early indications are that season ticket renewals are on similar lines to last year.

Around 10,000 season tickets have been processed and the club have been receiving around 1,000 applications every day.

The deadline for supporters to post applications was yesterday but providing forms are in the post over the Bank Holiday weekend they will be accepted as within the time limit for renewal discounts.

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