Peters out to impress
A BUZZING Jaime Peters is looking to further catch Roy Keane's eye by bringing back gold from America this summer.After being out in the cold for two years, Peters has played in two winning games, with Ipswich Town scoring three goals in both games, and on the verge of three straight wins for the first time all season.
By Derek Davis
A BUZZING Jaime Peters is looking to further catch Roy Keane's eye by bringing back gold from America this summer.
After being out in the cold for two years, Peters has played in two winning games, with Ipswich Town scoring three goals in both games, and on the verge of three straight wins for the first time all season.
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The 21-year-old is hoping to get another chance to strut his stuff at right-back against Coventry on Sunday, although Moritz Volz may make a surprise return in what could be his last game for Town after making a surprise recovery from a groin problem.
While the players will go off on their summer break, Peters will be preparing for Canada's Gold Cup campaign in the USA and coming back a winner could help his cause.
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The Canadians won the Gold Cup in 2000 with former Town sipper Jason de Vos leading the country to a 2-0 win over Columbia in the final.
Peters believes they can repeat that success and said: “Canada has a good chance if we play as we can.
“We have a lot of good players in Europe that are in with a chance.
“This is going to be a big year for me. I have another chance and a new manager to impress.”
Peters is well aware though how a busy close season can hamper him in the Championship come August but is adamant he has learnt from previous lessons.
He said: “It depends on how I take care of myself. As you get older and more experienced you learn how to take care of your body better.
“When we break up I will spend my time with my family and relax in Canada.
“I will get rest after the tournament and then it is all about looking after myself properly.”
Canada start their campaign against Jamaica at the Home Depot centre in Los Angeles on July 3 and Peters - who is used in attack for his country - has an extra string to his bow now he has played full-back for Town.
He said: “I enjoy playing full-back. I still have a lot to learn in that position but the coaches say I'm doing a good job.
“I have no clue where Canada will use me. We have the Gold Cup in the summer and a match in Cyprus before that so we will see what happens.”
Before getting the call as a substitute in the Norwich game, Peters had not played previously this season or at all for Town last season, with loan spells at Yeovil and Gillingham the only action he saw.
Now though he, like many others at Portman Road, is rejuvenated.
He said: “It is a buzz when you are playing and winning games.
“You always want to be playing and for the past two games I have just been happy about being back in the side.
“That means a great deal to me.”
He admits it was hard going at times but is delighted with the new regime.
He said: “It is a lot of hard work when you are not involved and you have to keep you head down and keep at it.
“There were times when I wanted to be away somewhere playing especially as I'm so young I want to be playing.
“Tony Loughlan is a good coach and has put in some interesting session already.”
Although Peters had a trial spell at Manchester United he never got to meet new boss Keane who was captain at old Trafford at the time.
He said: “He was there when I was there but we never met. He would not have known who I was.
“I'm looking forward to working with him and see what happens.”
Winning gold in America may help that working relationship.