Same league again for Town reserves side

IPSWICH Town will again be playing in the Pontin's Holidays Combination in 2007/08.“It is not ideal, but there is nothing we can do about it,” said Blues' boss Jim Magilton.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town will again be playing in the Pontin's Holidays Combination in 2007/08.

“It is not ideal, but there is nothing we can do about it,” said Blues' boss Jim Magilton.

“Hopefully things can be sorted so they are playing the reserve sides of Premiership teams in 2008/09.”


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Town won the east section last season and have still to play-off for the overall title.

Playing against the likes of Stevenage and Oxford at second string level is not ideal for the development of Ipswich's youngsters coming through the academy scheme.

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“With respect to sides in the Combination, it is not easy for our lads to raise their game,” said Magilton.

“Some have shown a dip in form and the league does not provide too many benefits.”

Town chairman David Sheepshanks expressed his displeasure at the situation last season and moves are believed to be going on behind the scenes to give clubs like Ipswich and Norwich a stronger second XI competition in which to play, but it will not be until 2008/09 at the earliest.

Magilton has confirmed his continued interest in goalkeeper Richard Wright, who is available on a free transfer from Premiership Everton at the end of this month.

“Richard is believed to be on holiday at the moment,” said Town manager.

“He is someone we are considering, but if we do bring a goalkeeper in our two current keepers will be made aware of the situation first.

“As I have said before I have every faith in both Lewis Price and Shane Supple and would be happy to go into next season with those two fighting for the first team place between the sticks.

“To be fair, if one of them is to perhaps move on they have to be kept in the picture.”

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