Roberts ready to play the role of super-sub

Jordan Roberts has appeared twice off the bench for Ipswich Town so far - at Rotherham and Derby. Ph

Jordan Roberts has appeared twice off the bench for Ipswich Town so far - at Rotherham and Derby. Photo: Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Jordan Roberts is ready to play the role of super sub for Ipswich Town as he looks to make his mark in the Championship.

The 24-year-old winger joined the Blues on a Bosman free transfer from League Two side Crawley Town this summer, manager Paul Hurst finally getting his man after attempting to sign him previously for previous failed attempts to sign him at Grimsby and Shrewsbury.

Roberts has made two appearances off the bench thus far and did his chances of featuring in tomorrow’s game at Sheffield Wednesday no harm with a bright cameo in the latter stages of Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Derby.

“Whether it’s 90 minutes or five minutes, it’s down to me now to go out there, showcase myself and contribute to the team,” he said.

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“Sometimes, when you are sitting on the bench watching the game, you are analysing it and when you get your chance to impress you want to bring something different, perhaps something the team hasn’t been showing.

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“I like to have a shot and get crosses into the danger area. I’m always looking to work the keeper more and produce crosses for Ellis (Harrison).

“If I’m a sub who comes on I see it as my role to help pick the team up. We need to be a bit more direct, take the game to the opposition and show more belief in ourselves.”

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Having been at Arsenal’s academy from the age of seven to 15, Roberts subsequently failed to make the breakthrough at Peterborough. He spent two years playing in the Conference for Aldershot, had an injury-hit year at Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle before spending two seasons in the fourth-tier with Crawley.

“There are a lot of new players here looking to show they can cope with playing at this level,” said Roberts, who can also play up front.

“I never go into a game fearing anyone and I’m sure that goes for the other boys as well.

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“It is a big jump but I believe in my own ability and hopefully it shows when I’m out there on the pitch. I look forward to playing against the better players.”

He added: “Everything has worked out well but it’s not over for me. I’ve got to carry on working hard if I’m to progress.

“It depends on your mindset and how much drive you have to push yourself.”

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