No Town deal for Broto

THE search goes on for a No. 1 keeper after Spaniard Javier Sanchez Broto failed to live up to expectations, writes Derek Davis.It will be no go for Broto with Blues boss Joe Royle planning to tell him today he will not be getting a contract.

THE search goes on for a No. 1 keeper after Spaniard Javier Sanchez Broto failed to live up to expectations, writes Derek Davis.

It will be no go for Broto with Blues boss Joe Royle planning to tell him today he will not be getting a contract.

While Broto did not have much to do in Town's comfortable 3-1 win at Helsingor IF last night, he has not impressed during the trip, with his distribution particularly weak.

His head appears to still be in Glasgow even though Celtic boss Martin O'Neill has made it clear hopes of a deal there are also dead.


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So Royle's dilemma continues with Andy Marshall well out of favour, James Pullen close to going and Matteo Sereni's move to Lazio completed.

Welsh Under-19 international Lewis Price will play against a Trelleborg select side tomorrow but he is not ready to step up to be the regular No. 1.

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Royle said: "I will be having a word with him and telling him we are still looking for a new keeper. We are not close to anyone at the moment but we have people in mind."

Pullen has been allowed to train with Conference club Dagenham & Redbridge and will hope playing regularly for Garry Hill's side will bring him to the attention of some league clubs.

The 20-year-old joined the Blues from Hill's former club Heybridge Swifts but was told in May he can leave on a free transfer.

Royle said: "He will have two games there, no commitment, just to see what happens."

More pleasing for Ipswich is at the other end where Darren Bent scored twice and Marcus Bent got the other in a dominant attacking display.

Royle said: "I was pleased with the three front men again, they would grace many a First Division side and it was good to see.

"We were very strong, especially in the first 20 minutes when we possibly missed Jim Magilton and Tommy Miller in midfield and lacked their guile. But overall we were very powerful. The two young lads did very well and Antonio Murray in particular got better and better.

"We defended very well. With Drissa Diallo and Richard Naylor and Georges Santos in front of them, we looked very solid."

Around 500 Ipswich fans were in Helsingor to see town's third pre-season friendly win and even more are expected at Trelleborg tomorrow including a party from Bourne Vale School in Ipswich, whose under-13s side are playing in a tournament in Copenhagen.

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