Liam has a point to prove

LIAM Rosenior says he has a point to prove at Ipswich following two frustrating seasons at Reading.

Stuart Watson

By Stuart Watson

LIAM Rosenior says he has a point to prove at Ipswich following two frustrating seasons at Reading.

The 25-year-old right-back arrives at Portman Road on a season-long loan deal having been a prominent part of the Royals side that failed to bounce straight back into the top-flight last season.

This season the Berkshire club have been forced to offload a lot of their talent, the likes of Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt and Andre Bikey all departing, and Rosenior - whose contract at the Madejski runs out in the summer - admits he was beginning to see his promising career stall.

“I didn't really research my move to Reading to be honest,” admits Rosenior, who was a regular in the Premier League for three seasons while at Fulham from 2004 to 2007.

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“I joined them expecting to play every week in the Premier League but it took me eight months to get in the team and then when I did they were obviously relegated.

“I feel I've got a point to prove because the last few years haven't quite worked out for me.

“I played for three years in the Premier League and to be honest I moved expecting to push my career on. People were talking about me breaking into the national squad and that obviously didn't happen.

“I feel I'm not where I want to be and where I should be as a player. A lot of things have gone against me and I know it's now time to put it right.”

Rosenior is Roy Keane's tenth signing since he took over as Ipswich manager in April, the Town boss having spent over �6m on the likes of Grant Leadbitter, Carlos Edwards, Lee Martin and Damien Delaney.

Asked if Ipswich were showing more ambition than Reading at present, Rosenior said: “I think it would be disrespectful to Reading to say that, but I think their plan is now more of a two or three year one whereas Ipswich want to be at the top of the league this season.

“I only have a year left on my contract at Reading and they are cutting back so this move seemed like the perfect fit.”

And while the ambitious full-back may only be at Portman Road on a temporary basis at present, he is hopeful that he could be settling down in Suffolk with his young family for some time.

“I've just turned 25, I have a family to think about so to be a free agent at the end of the season gives me options,” said Rosenior, who has two daughters, aged nine and two, and one more child on the way.

“This is a great area to bring children up though, so hopefully I will still be here with Ipswich if we can get up.”

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