A message of solace to Supple

LEWIS Price took time off from preparing for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Champion-ship clash with Southend to give words of comfort to the forgotten man of Ipswich Town.

By Elvin King

LEWIS Price took time off from preparing for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Champion-ship clash with Southend to give words of comfort to the forgotten man of Ipswich Town.

Shane Supple started the season as number one goalkeeper, but the 19-year-old has only begun eight matches.

And he will be on the bench again against the Shrimpers.


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“I really feel for Shane Supple,” said 22-year-old Price, the Welsh international who has made the Ipswich number one position his own with a succession of consistent displays.

Price, valued at £1million and the possible subject of Premiership interest this summer, is relishing a continued run in the team. But he has sympathy for his close friend.

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“Shane is a great keeper and I know how frustrating it can be when you are not playing, because I have been there.

“I was deputy to Andy Marshall and Kelvin Davis and it is hard.

“You train hard and have to be physically and mentally prepared to come on, knowing in the back of your mind that that is highly unlikely to happen.

“Shane is a nice guy and a model professional, and as a goalkeeper he has got lots of strengths - especially his handling.”

Town will look for Price to continue his good work against the Shrimpers as they look to collect their third win in eight days.

If Ipswich score five times for the second game running they will chalk up 4,000 Premier League and Football League goals.

Midfielder Gavin Williams and defender Richard Naylor are both back in full training after pelvic and toe injuries respectively.

Williams is training with the first team squad and said: “I want to get back playing as soon as I can. Everything is going fine now.”

Winger Jaime Peters has been named in Canada's Under-20 squad for two friendlies with Scotland when Ipswich have a break in fixtures later this month.

Canada will use the games as preparation for this summer's FIFA U20 World Cup which they are hosting.

The Canadians face Scotland on March 24, and March 27. Peters has 22 Canadian U20 caps in addition to 12 full appearances.

Defender Michael Synnott chipped an ankle bone with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side last week. He should be back running next week.

YOUNG striker Jordan Rhodes will not be considered for the youth team this weekend after taking a blow to his head in the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup win over Ipswich Wanderers on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old was taken to hospital where they carried out precautionary tests.

Rhodes suffered slight concussion and was disorientated for a while, but he wasn't knocked unconscious.

The hospital gave him the all-clear to return home and rest.

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