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Stephen Henderson aiming for better at Ipswich Town second time around

11:23 21 February 2013

Stephen Henderson

Stephen Henderson


Blues stopper Stephen Henderson admitted his first loan spell at Portman Road ended on a sour note and is determined to play his part in Town’s Championship survival mission.

In a frank assessment, the West Ham stopper – whose first spell was cut short by injury – insists his own performances were below standard before an abrupt end saw him return to Upton Park.

And, with Town still in a spot of trouble at the bottom – three points off the relegation zone – Henderson, who rejoined Ipswich at the 11th hour after a permanent switch to Blackburn Rovers fell through, feels a chunk of responsibility for the Blues’ current plight.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 goalkeeper experienced a mixed time during his first stint at the club, and was in goal as the Blues lost 5-0 at Crystal Palace and 6-0 at Leicester.

“I always said I wanted to come back, as I did not want to leave on a sour note,” said Henderson, who is expected to keep his place for this weekend’s trip to free-falling Huddersfield.

“Before I left I wasn’t up to scratch and I wanted to return so I could prove that I am a good goalkeeper.

“I have two years left on my contact at West Ham, and obviously they are my parent club, but I want to help us get out of the predicament we are in, especially as I am part of the reason why we are here.”

Ironically, Henderson’s first start in his second spell back at Ipswich was at Blackburn, the 24-year-old replacing Scott Loach, who sprained a thumb in training.

Had his move to Ewood Park gone through, the former Portsmouth goalkeeper would have instead been lining up against his current team-mates.

“There was a lot going on, on deadline day, and I was very close to joining Blackburn,” revealed Henderson.

“I believe it would have been a permanent move, the clubs agreed a deal, but it got very messy.

“It was a long day, but it was always the plan to come back to Ipswich and Blackburn was just a spanner thrown in the works.”


  • A question: if this goalkeeper is so good why are West Ham so damn keen to offload him? Incidentally, how many ITFC players has the club loaned out who have ever returned to the club and excelled? On a postage stamp should do it....

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • I hope Scott Loach regains his place. Firstly I don't think Henderson looks any better. Secondly Loach is an Ipswich signing, will be here next year and has a clear passion for the club. Henderson experienced relegation with Portsmouth and would have happily signed for another Championship club this time around.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • No Loans has embarrassed himself and destroyed his credibility (let alone any chance of Town gaining any self respect this season) with his cycnical loans policy. Getting Henderson back was beyond stupid.

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Ged. The only thing here that is useless is your comment along with all your other poisonous comments ad infinitum. The point is you contribute nothing and that most probably sums up your life as well.

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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • I like this guy because unlike most footballers, he is prepared to admit that he has made mistakes. As a goalkeeper, who under-performed first time around by his own admittance, he has a positive approach and I feel he will really make an impact in those crucial matches must-win matches that lie ahead.

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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Well lets face even more facts here hendersen, you cannot be worse than in your previous loan spell. Wonder why West Ham are so keen to offload you, oh yes because you are useless and get over paid while there.

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    ged scott

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • This man can talk the hind legs off a donkey. loach did nothing wrong prior to injury so you would think that he would be back in against huddersfield. On a 24hr call back lets ensure that we use the club assets correctly and use henderson just as back up to our own player. Loans are OK but if the first choice is a town assett and as good as the loan then use the town player.

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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

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