Price back, but Murray could move on

LEWIS Price has been recalled from his loan spell at Cambridge United, while Antonio Murray could be heading in the opposite direction, writes Derek Davis.

LEWIS Price has been recalled from his loan spell at Cambridge United, while Antonio Murray could be heading in the opposite direction, writes Derek Davis.

The 20-year-old keeper will be on the bench against West Ham as cover for Kelvin Davis.

Price was told to report back to Ipswich after Academy keeper Shane Supple, who has been in the first-team squad, was advised to rest a long-term heel injury.

United could still have a Town player turning out for them soon though.

Murray, whose former professional footballer father Jamie used to play for United, was close to joining his hometown team earlier in the season before the managerial disruptions.

New manager Steve Thompson, the former Sheffield United and Lincoln boss, is understood to be keen on Murray, who he has watched while scouting for other clubs, although no approach has yet been made to Town.

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Thompson is close friends with Joe Royle and Willie Donachie and is keen to exploit those links.

He said: “I worked with both of them, and Nigel Worthington, so that's the two big local clubs.

“So I will be calling in favours but obviously financial constraints are always prevalent in the league.”

But Ipswich Town exercised their right to recall Price at 24 hours' notice, ironically the morning after he conceded five goals in the U's 5-3 home defeat by Yeovil which saw them slump to the bottom of League Two.

Price played six games in the five weeks he was on loan at the Abbey Stadium after extending the initial month's move by another 30 days.

He is now looking forward to doing as much as he can to help Town push into the Premiership.

Price said: “It is a shame that I have to leave Cambridge because I quite enjoyed it there as I was playing regularly.

“At the same time I'm more than happy to be back here at Ipswich. The mood here is brilliant and there is a great feeling among everyone.

“Being top of the league is fantastic and there is genuine belief that this is going to be our year and I want to do what I can.”

Price accepts that he will have to play second fiddle to Kelvin Davis once more but intends pushing him hard for his place.

He said: “I know that Kelvin will always play when he is fit. He is an outstanding goalkeeper, but I have shown before that I can step in if needed too and I want to try and give him a headache and push him all the way.”

The Wales Under-21 keeper, who faces Germany in the European Championships in February, admits he has benefited from his spell at the league's bottom club.

“It was interesting to see things from a different perspective. Being at Cambridge has been a good part of my education as a player both on and off the pitch.”

Not surprisingly, as he continued to train with Town while on loan at Cambridge, Price will fit straight back into the squad when they resume training this morning.

With no fresh injury worries the Blues are expected to be unchanged, which means a disappointed Kevin Horlock missing out against his old club.

With West Ham selling their full 3,000 allocation, Saturday's Championship clash is expected to be a virtual 30,000 sell out, with the remaining, mainly restricted view, tickets on sale today.

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