Lisbie: I don't want to go back to Town
KEVIN Lisbie doesn't see himself playing for Ipswich Town again.The 30-year-old striker was told by manager Roy Keane that he was not part of his plans for promotion in the summer and subsequently joined his former club Colchester United on loan.
By Stuart Watson
KEVIN Lisbie doesn't see himself playing for Ipswich Town again.
The 30-year-old striker was told by manager Roy Keane that he was not part of his plans for promotion in the summer and subsequently joined his former club Colchester United on loan.
It has proved to be a great move for the striker who, despite often playing on the right of midfield, has scored six goals in 11 League One appearances so far this season as the U's ride high in the table.
In contrast, his parent club find themselves without a league win and rooted to the bottom of the Championship following the Suffolk club's worst ever start to a season.
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Ipswich have the option to recall Lisbie in January should they want to, but the striker says he would do everything he could to continue his spell back in Essex.
“Once a manager tells you, without seeing you play a single game, that you can go on loan then it becomes very difficult to say that you would want to play for him again,” said Lisbie.
“I don't want to go back. Even if it came to the point where they wanted me back I think I would speak to both clubs and explain my situation.
“I just felt like the club didn't want me. If I had to go back then I would, but I don't want to be going from club-to-club at this stage of my career. I want to be settled and I'm enjoying my time back at Colchester.
“Ask any player, if you feel at home and feel wanted then you are going to play your best football and that's what I feel I am currently doing.
“I feel like, if I was in the Championship and had been made to feel wanted then I'd be playing equally good football too. The way I'm playing has nothing to do with the level I'm at, it's just the fact that I'm somewhere where I'm appreciated.
“I want to stay at Colchester and see things through. I think we are one of the best teams in the league and are really going places.”
Lisbie suffered with an illness at the back end of last week, but battled through it to set up Colchester's 80th minute winning goal against Huddersfield before being immediately substituted.
“I think I must have picked up a little bug,” said Lisbie. “I was being sick before the game and my energy levels were down, but the manager asked me to play for him.
“If we'd have had a Tuesday game this week then I don't think I'd have made it, but I should be fine for Saturday.”