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Reading loanee Dominic Samuel keen to make up for lost time at Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 18:35 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:41 03 April 2017

Dominic Samuel (left) celebrates with Grant Ward after the latter's equaliser against Birmingham on Saturday. Photo: Steve Waller

Dominic Samuel (left) celebrates with Grant Ward after the latter's equaliser against Birmingham on Saturday. Photo: Steve Waller

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Dominic Samuel is hoping he gets the chance to show Ipswich Town fans that he has an eye for goal.

The 22-year-old striker joined the Blues on loan from Championship rivals Reading on January transfer deadline day, scored a hat-trick in an 8-0 thrashing of Watford in an Under-23 fixture, but then broke his toe in training and was sidelined for six weeks.

Royals fans had been calling upon Jaap Stam to play the homegrown front man more around the turn of the year after he netted two goals in six starts and three substitute appearances.

He caught the eye on his Town debut, as a 71st minute sub in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Birmingham, so much so that manager Mick McCarthy says he has ‘food for thought’ ahead of tomorrow night’s visit of Wigan.

“I’m quick, I’m skilful and I’ve got an eye for goal, so hopefully I will get a chance to show that,” said Samuel.

Having previously been on loan in the lower leagues with Gillingham, Colchester and Coventry, he explained: “Those moves helped me a lot. I had a few games for Reading as well this season so I know what it takes to play in the Championship.

“I’m one of the younger boys but I would say I’ve got used to it now. The main thing is keeping your foot on the gas.”
With another year on his deal with the Royals, he continued: “As a young boy all I wanted to do was play football and even although Reading are fighting for promotion I just wanted to play and to get more minutes. When I heard Ipswich were interested I thought it would be a good club to go to.

“Whatever is going to happen at the end of the season only God can tell but I just want to play as much as I can.”

Asked if he would still like to be at Reading long-term, Samuel replied: “I wasn’t really expecting that question. I don’t know. Football’s a funny sport and you don’t know where you’re going to end up. For now I’ll just keep myself to myself, keep staying match fit and do what I have to do here. Then wherever I’m going to be at the end of the season, only God knows.

“I just let my people off the pitch deal with all that. I feel things happen for a reason and there must be a reason for me to end up here.”

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