Danny issues 'play me' plea to boss

DANNY Haynes today made a “play me” plea to Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton.Now relegated to fourth in line for a striking starting place following the signing of Francis Jeffers on a one-month loan, Haynes would love to feature in the Championship clash at Hull City tonight (kick-off 7.

By Elvin King

DANNY Haynes today made a “play me” plea to Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton.

Now relegated to fourth in line for a striking starting place following the signing of Francis Jeffers on a one-month loan, Haynes would love to feature in the Championship clash at Hull City tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The 19-year says that he is now more mature and desperate to play.

Alan Lee and Jonathan Walters both scored as Town broke their goal drought with a 2-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

But neither are certain starters tonight, with Jeffers in line to make his full Town debut in this re-arranged fixture originally scheduled for when Town played Watford in the FA Cup last month.

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Haynes, who starred playing up front on his own against Watford, would love to be given the sole front man role again - or play in any position.

A big favourite with Town fans the lightning-fast teenager said: “I feel I am growing up fast as a footballer and my confidence increases every time I play.

“I am more mature now and hopefully this has been reflected in my recent performances.

“I desperately want to help us score more goals, and I feel I am a steadier, more consistent player now.

“I had my ups and downs earlier in the season and can see why I was in and out of the squad.

“But thanks to a lot of help and hard work from the management and coaches I am learning quickly.”

Haynes' recent involvement with the England Under-19 squad has boosted his confidence.

He was in the team that beat Poland 4-1 at Bournemouth last month and has already been selected for the squad to face Turkey at Doncaster on March 21.

“This is a big bonus for me,” added Haynes, a member of Town's 2005 FA Youth Cup-winning squad.

“I am proud to have represented my country.

“And it works both ways because I want to play well for my club to stay involved with England, and in turn any international appearances will leave me feeling positive and confident for Ipswich.”

Lee may be rested with Saturday's home with Southend in mind, while Walters suffered a hamstring problem against QPR.

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