Gavin looks to the future with Town

GAVIN Williams is ready to look to the future - and forget the past - starting with tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Plymouth Argyle at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

By Elvin King

GAVIN Williams is ready to look to the future - and forget the past - starting with tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Plymouth Argyle at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

With Sylvain Legwinski out for the season with a fractured metatarsal, Williams and Owen Garvan have a chance to forge a midfield partnership.

They will be paired in the middle tomorrow and over the final seven matches of the season can make a statement about their credentials to provide the ammunition for Town's promised charge to the Premiership in 2007/08.

While Garvan's season is only just coming to the boil after suffering a debilitating illness for the first third of the campaign, Williams has been an influential figure on the field when not ruled out by first a groin and then a pelvic injury.

Williams' future with Town looked a bit rocky at one stage when he was the player most affected by the repercussions of a two-day unauthorised trip to Amsterdam in the new year.

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However, he has repeated his desire to stay with Town after what he calls a 'misunderstanding' following the Dutch jaunt by seven players.

“I thought briefly that the manager was looking to sell me, but I spoke to him and he soon cleared it all up,” said Williams.

“It was a misunderstanding.

“I am certainly not looking to move and I didn't fall out with the gaffer. I really enjoy working for him and the coaching staff and, fingers crossed, I will be at Ipswich for a good few years yet.”

Plymouth will be without three recent regulars with David Norris - like Dan Harding - starting a two-match suspension.

Midfielder Dan Gosling injured a hip playing for England Under-17s on Wednesday, alongside Town defender Tommy Smith, while defender Tony Capaldi is also out after suffering a groin problem.

Exciting teenager Scott Sinclair, who is on loan from Chelsea, is expected to start for the FA Cup quarter-finalists, while Akos Buzsaky could be back after playing for Argyle reserves midweek.

Young striker Ashley Barnes is set to be in the squad, but out for the season is striker Nick Chadwick who has had a groin operation.

Extrovert Argyle manager Ian Holloway wants to finish the season on a high.

He said: “The first target was staying up. Now we can look at the last few games and think very seriously about next season. We have got to move forward.”

Ipswich Town: Price, Wilnis, Wright, Bruce, De Vos, Miller, Richards, Haynes, Garvan, Williams, Roberts, Peters, Lee, Walters, Clarke, O'Callaghan, Supple, Sito, Rhodes.

Plymouth Argyle: McCormack, Connolly, Seip, Doumbe, Sawyer, Nalis, Sinclair, Ebanks-Blake, Hayles, Hodges, Fallon, Gallen, Summerfield, Djordjic, Buzsaky, Barnes.

Referee: Jon Moss (Yorkshire).