Peters can make grade - Town skipper

CANADIAN Jaime Peters, who faces an uncertain Ipswich Town future, was last night given a stunning endorsement by fellow countryman Jason De Vos.Currently on crutches after cracking a bone in his foot in training last Monday, De Vos, 33, was a spectator at Saturday's 3-2 Championship victory over neighbours Colchester United at Portman Road.

By Elvin King

CANADIAN Jaime Peters, who faces an uncertain Ipswich Town future, was last night given a stunning endorsement by fellow countryman Jason De Vos.

Currently on crutches after cracking a bone in his foot in training last Monday, De Vos, 33, was a spectator at Saturday's 3-2 Championship victory over neighbours Colchester United at Portman Road.

He had praise for Peters, saying: “Jaime was head and shoulders above everybody else and showed what a talented young footballer he is.

“He had his best match for Ipswich, and we all knew what he is capable of.

“Jaime is not short of ability - he just needs the confidence to show it.”

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There are serious doubts whether Peters will have his current work permit renewed when his current one runs out this summer.

He has lost his place in the Canadian team and if he does not gain a regular spot in the Ipswich side Peters will find it hard to convince the authorities he should be allowed to continue to work in the UK.

De Vos, who like Peters is a full Canadian international, has no doubts that Ipswich will benefit from having Peters long term.

Peters had to wait until he was 18 in May 2005 before he could sign for Ipswich after impressing in trials the previous autumn.

He has made 25 Town appearances and scored one goal, and confirms that he wants to stay.

The 19-year-old, who is reported to be already interesting Canadian clubs, said: “I am enjoying myself and having time to play is proving beneficial.

“I have to be happy with how things are running for me, and know that my defensive work has improved.

“Every day I have special help from the coaches on how to make recovery runs and how to help out the back four. It is paying off, and I see my future with Ipswich Town. I will keep working hard and see what the future brings.”

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