‘He’s settled quicker than snow... he’s got bags of potential’ - Spence on ‘great character’ Cotter
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Young Irishman Barry Cotter has settled at Ipswich Town ‘quicker than snow’ according to defender Jordan Spence.
Cotter, 19, was the star of the show as the Blues beat Barnsley 1-0 in what proved to be Mick McCarthy’s final game in charge, with his substitution before the hour mark bringing boos and cheers in equal measure as the home crowd vented their frustrations that his debut ended so soon.
The wing-back was calm, confident and showed his full range of ability both on and off the ball during his first appearance, leaving Spence and his team-mates impressed.
“It was really good, wasn’t it, it was so exciting to watch,” Spence said.
“I enjoyed watching it from just inside him – watching him run around. He’s full of beans and anyone who’s had a chance to be around him will know – the boys say he’s settled quicker than snow, which is great.
“He’s a great character, it was a fantastic performance and that’s just what he’s been doing in training.
“The manager (McCarthy) has seen that, signed him, given him his chance and he’s done exactly what he would have been dreaming of doing.
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“He’s a great lad and has bags of potential.”
When asked whether he was expecting an interesting battle between himself, Cotter and returning Rotherham loanee Josh Emmanuel next season, Spece said: “I haven’t thought that far ahead yet, but competition for places is always good.
“If you’re in a place where your shirt isn’t under threat then either you’re not playing particularly high in the football calendar or you are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It is what it is and I’ll continue to do what I’ve been doing for the 30-odd games I’ve played this season and try and finish well.”