Santos to stay and fight for place

GEORGES Santos will today line up against Watford Reserves after last night turning down a move to Vicarage Road.The Frenchman's agent spoke with the Hornets yesterday but Santos decided to turn the move down and fight for his place at Portman Road.

GEORGES Santos will today line up against Watford Reserves after last night turning down a move to Vicarage Road, writes Derek Davis.

The Frenchman's agent spoke with the Hornets yesterday but Santos decided to turn the move down and fight for his place at Portman Road.

Speaking as he was signing autographs for the 103 youngsters at a Blues Crew meeting last night, Santos said: “I am happy at Ipswich and I want to stay.

“We have eight games left to play and I will be here right to the end and into the Premiership.”


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Chris Bart-Williams makes an appearance after recovering from a back injury as will Alun Armstrong who is looking for match fitness after a slight thigh strain.

Drissa Diallo is also down to play even though he will miss Saturday's trip to Wimbledon due to suspension following his sending off at Norwich - the ban does not cover reserve games.

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Town have included trialist Michael Waters but the bulk of the team will be made up of home-grown talent, including skipper Scott Mitchell, who impressed in his cameo role in the 4-1 win over Watford on Saturday.

Blues boss Joe Royle said: “I was delighted with the 10 minutes Scott showed on Saturday and he has put his foot in the door. Scott Barron has also made progress and big Aiden Collins has stopped growing for a while so he could get a run of injury-free games now and there are others to watch coming through as well.”

Scouts will be keeping an eye on young Northern Ireland international Sam Morrow, who has been told he can leave on a free transfer.

Ipswich Town Reserve squad: Price, Supple, Barron, Waters, Collins, Santos, Diallo, Patten, Kamara, Mitchell, Bart-Williams, Boardley, Flack, Armstrong, Morrow, Reid and Craig.

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