Town to miss out on winger
EXCITING young Canadian winger Jaime Peters is set to snub Ipswich Town in favour of a move to Championship rivals Millwall.The 17-year-old full Canadian international is expected to agree a move to the Lions later this week when he returns from World Cup duty.
By Derek Davis
EXCITING young Canadian winger Jaime Peters is set to snub Ipswich Town in favour of a move to Championship rivals Millwall.
The 17-year-old full Canadian international is expected to agree a move to the Lions later this week when he returns from World Cup duty.
Peters was offered a contract by Ipswich last month before going on trial with Derby County, who were also keen on signing him.
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The short, but speedy, teenager is also believed to have been offered trials with Manchester United after leaving Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern in the summer to pursue his dream of playing in England.
But Peters has chosen Millwall as he has relatives in London.
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Blues defender Jason De Vos and former Town star Frank Yallop, now Canada's national team manager, both tried convincing Peters to join Ipswich but he has indicated his mind is made up in favour of UEFA Cup qualifiers Millwall, who come to Town on Sunday in a live televised game which kicks off at 1pm.
De Vos said: “Despite the best efforts of Frank and myself, Jaime has said he wants to go to Millwall. He has family in London so I can understand his decision. It is quite daunting for a young Canadian to come over here to play football, so it makes sense to go to a club where he has family to support him.”
Defensive pillar De Vos has declared himself fit to take on the Lions of Millwall on Sunday, after returning from World Cup duty with a slight knee injury.
The Canadian skipper scored in the draw against Honduras last weekend but was left fuming with the Mexican referee who booked him, awarded a dubious penalty against his country and then disallowed a Canuck 'winner' in time added on.
The booking, his second in the two qualifying games he has played in, ruled him out of tonight's group match against Costa Rica so he returned home to Ipswich early to receive treatment.
De Vos last night said: “I hypo-extended the knee which jarred it and it became swollen during the flight home.
“There is no structural damage to the bone or ligaments and there is no way it would be enough for me to want to miss a game.”
The Blues defender, who has captained both club and country this season, is livid over the way the Mexican official handled their game, and intends to take out all his frustrations against Millwall on Sunday.
He said: “His decisions could cost us qualifying for the World Cup and I'm extremely disappointed that I could miss out on the chance of playing in the finals.
“It will take a long time to get over that but at least there is a game on Sunday, where I can vent my frustrations by playing as well as I can for Ipswich.”
De Vos could be up against two of his Canadian team-mates, with Adrian Serioux and Josh Simpson signing for the Londoners last month. The former Wigan defender is not concerned about coming up against his compatriots and added: “The good news for Ipswich fans is that Adrian has injured his shoulder which means he can't take throw-ins.
“He is a guy who can throw half the length of a pitch, so Millwall will miss that, but not us.”
Matt Richards, Pablo Counago and Tony Dinning all came through a reserve game on Monday and will be on the bench on Sunday as Joe Royle sticks with the same side that beat Rotherham and Wolves before the international break.
n READ more about Jason's thoughts on that controversial referee, what action he feels Canada could take and other footballing issues in his thought-provoking column 'The Boss' in tomorrow's EADT.