Reuser wants to quit Blues

MARTIJN Reuser is so fed up with the super-sub tag he wants to quit the Blues in the summer, despite still having another year left on his contract.Speaking just minutes after scoring the equaliser and setting up the winner at Gillingham on Saturday, Reuser told the EADT of his decision.

By Derek Davis

MARTIJN Reuser is so fed up with the super-sub tag he wants to quit the Blues in the summer, despite still having another year left on his contract.

Speaking just minutes after scoring the equaliser and setting up the winner at Gillingham on Saturday, Reuser told the EADT of his decision.

The Dutchman was praised for his man of the match performance in the come-from-behind 2-1 victory, but he said: "I hate to be a super-sub. It was great for the team and I'm happy we have won, but I'm fed up with it.


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"Although Ipswich is a great club, I'll be trying to look for something else in the summer.

"I don't know if that will be in Holland or over here – everything is a possibility.

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"I'm happy for the team that we have won and I was able to contribute once again. I feel I also contribute whether as a substitute or a starting player. Unfortunately, the manager doesn't see me as a starter."

Reuser has made 110 appearances for Ipswich, more than half of those as a substitute, and he has scored 19 goals. This season he started just five games and has made 12 appearances as a replacement, knocking in four goals.

He came off the bench at Rotherham 10 days ago to have a major impact on the game, setting up two goals for the win when Town were behind.

As much as Reuser wants more playing time, he insists there has been no fall-out with manager Joe Royle and still loves the club and its fans, who clearly still adore the Dutchman.

He said: "I'm very happy with the club and with the supporters, but as a sportsman I want to play every week and I don't think I will have the opportunity here.

"Last week I sat on the bench for the whole game. Nine times out of 10 the only time I come on is when we are behind and I have to come on and do something to win the game.

"I want to do well for the team and get into the Premier League. I do my best every game and it is up to the manager.

"I'm not angry with him or anything like that – he chooses the team.

"It is difficult to change his mind, but I have been trying for the year and a half that he has been here, although I played a few games in a row

"He is a great manager and I have a load of respect for him, but he knows and I know that it is time for me to be playing somewhere every week."

Reuser stroked a trademark free kick over the Gills' wall from 30 yards to equalise, and five minutes later crossed for Darren Bent to head in the winner.

Virtually everyone who has followed Reuser's career had an inkling the free kick would go in as he stepped up to take it, with skipper Jim Magilton in close attendance.

He said: "I told Jim I was going to score and it was nice when it came off.

"It was a difficult day for Darren because they were strong at the back and defended pretty well, but he is a natural goal-scorer."

Royle likened the Dutchman to England captain David Beckham with his ability to hit a dead ball.

He said: "Martijn is perhaps a little unfortunate not to start games but he is a terrific sub. He can come on and change the game. He may not like the super-sub tag, but he has done it so much for us.

"He is up there with Beckham and all those when it comes to dead-ball situations. It was two great pieces of quality from Martijn. He is so good at free-kicks we expect him to score every time. Then he put in a terrific cross for a super Darren Bent header."

Although the club have had no inquiries for him since the former Ajax midfielder was put on the free transfer list, Royle is more than happy to keep him as an additional weapon in his armoury.

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