Jaime turns Town career full circle

IF CONCERNED Ipswich Town fans want an example of how things can turn round they only have to look at Jaime Peters.His career has turned full circle and the Canadian international is now a Blues regular.

Elvin King

IF CONCERNED Ipswich Town fans want an example of how things can turn round they only have to look at Jaime Peters.

His career has turned full circle and the Canadian international is now a Blues regular.

For two seasons under Jim Magilton's management he hardly figured on the first-team scene when he was considered a forward thinking winger.

In fact, he became the forgotten man of Portman Road.

But he re-invented himself as a defender when injuries left Magilton's forces stretched in the final throes of his time in the Town hot seat.

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Substitute Peters came on to fill in for the injured Ben Thatcher during the home victory over Norwich City last April, and kept his place at the back for Roy Keane's first game in charge at Cardiff City.

And this campaign he was selected for the first two league games before injuring his ankle. He has come back with a bang and started three of the last five games and come on in the other two.

And for the last two matches he has caught the eye at left back.

But despite the 22-year-old going from zero to hero he is still not a happy man.

“Personally playing a full 90 minutes for the games at Sheffield United and Barnsley has to be great,” said Peters, who had trials with Premier League clubs before signing for Town as soon as he was eligible for a work permit at 18.

“I am happy about that, but not the results with late goals reducing us to just one point when we deserved more. If you had said I would be playing left back a few months ago I would have found it hard to believe.

“It shows what a funny game football can be, but if playing there keeps me in the team I will be pleased.

“Jamal Campbell-Ryce was a quick, tricky opponent on Saturday, but I am small myself so prefer those players to taller ones where you have to battle.”

Looking at the overall Ipswich picture - bottom of the table with a quarter of the season gone - Peters said: “We did pretty well and enough to win at Oakwell and at worst deserved a draw.

“I can see improvements coming but you can't keep saying that every week.

“The table makes depressing reading, but we must keep our heads up and remain strong as a squad.

“We are having a hard time not scoring enough and conceding bad goals, and after the international break we have to turn that around.”

Ipswich are back in action again on Saturday week against Swansea at Portman Road when Peters will be vying no doubt to become man of the match again.

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