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LIAM Trotter and Chris Casement have played their way into Ipswich Town's two-match trip to Hungary. But the two traillists who featured in Tuesday's night's defeat by Rangers will not be going, after being told they would not be kept on at Portman Road.
By Derek Davis
LIAM Trotter and Chris Casement have played their way into Ipswich Town's two-match trip to Hungary.
But the two traillists who featured in Tuesday's night's defeat by Rangers will not be going, after being told they would not be kept on at Portman Road.
Blues boss Joe Royle prefers to give the two youngsters, who won FA Youth Cup winners medals, a seat on today's plane rather than defenders Rui Marques, who is today hoping to have a trial at Leeds United, and Edwin Ouon.
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Royle last night said: “I have told their representatives that we won't be taking things further with them.
“We will be taking Liam and Chris to Hungary and it is a great opportunity for those two, as well as Dean McDonald and Owen Garvan.
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“You like to ease young players in slowly but sometimes injuries and circumstances make things happen quicker.
“The likes of Garvan get their chance and he has looked comfortable, confirming the promise we thought he had.”
Ipswich-born Trotter, who was educated at Northgate High School, is a 16-year-old attacking midfielder who has already pushed into the reserves.
Belfast boy Casement, 17, has made excellent progress at centre- back, partnering Aidan Collins, and also progressed to Town's reserves last season.
He is a 6ft tall Northern Ireland international at Under-15, 16 and 17 levels and captained his country in a win over the Republic of Ireland.
The Blues fly to Budapest from Stansted this afternoon and will play Ujpest TE tomorrow night and then travel 120 miles east on Sunday to visit Diosgyor in Miskolc.
Both clubs are in the top Hungarian league, with Ujpest, nicknamed the Violets, finishing fourth. More than 8,000 watched their 3-1 pre-season defeat by Feyenoord and the team is packed with Magyar internationals.
Diosgyor finished 10th and both sides are expected to provide good tests for Town.
Royle “Ujpest have been one of Hungary's elite teams for quite some time and are big suppliers for their national team.
“It will be good for fitness but also good for the players to have a bit of a change of scenery.”
Kevin Horlock suffered a dead leg in the defeat by Rangers and will not travel. There is better news for French midfielder Jimmy Juan, who has been struggling with a bruised foot since going off at Boston United.
He has improved enough to be named in the squad and will be given a fitness test this morning.
Blues squad: Price, Supple, Richards, Wilnis, De Vos, Naylor, Collins, Casement, Magilton, Garvan, Juan, Westlake, Currie, McDonald, Trotter, Parkin, Forster and Bowditch.