Teddy Bishop insists his feet are firmly on the ground following full Ipswich Town debut

Surrounded: Ipswich's Teddy Bishop runs at the Derby County defence on Saturday during his league de

Surrounded: Ipswich's Teddy Bishop runs at the Derby County defence on Saturday during his league debut. PHOTO: PAGEPIX LTD

Teenage academy graduate Teddy Bishop insists his feet remain firmly on the ground after following his full debut for the club.

The 18-year-old midfielder – who has hails from Cambridge and has been with the Blues from Under-8s level – started last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Derby County, having previously made his first team bow as a sub in the 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town in the Capital One Cup.

Confident on the ball and not afraid to have a shot, Bishop’s performances have earned praise from manager Mick McCarthy as well as plaudits from team mates and supporters.

The youngster – who was handed his first professional contract in the summer – says he is not getting too carried away though.

“It was good to be involved at Derby and I felt I did okay, once the first 20 minutes or so went by and I managed to get a few touches, I felt more at ease,” he told the club’s official website.

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“Obviously Derby are a very good side but I thought we more than matched them and, on another day, we could have taken all three points.

“On a personal level it was fantastic to feature but it’s massively important that I keep my feet on the ground and I can’t go around thinking that I’ve made it.

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“The hard work starts here and, whilst it’s nice to have been involved in the first-team, I know there is a long way to go yet and it’s up to me to keep progressing and try and show the manager what I can do.

“The manager and TC (Terry Connor) have been brilliant with me, as have all the lads, and they have helped me and the younger lads such as (Matt) Clarkey and Darren McQueen feel part of the group.”

Following this weekend’s international break, Town return to Championship action with quickfire home matches against Millwall (Sat, Sept 13) and Brighton (Tues, Sept 16). McCarthy’s options are likely to be boosted by then with the return of Cole Skuse, Elliott Hewitt, Cameron Stewart and Stephen Hunt from injury.

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