Peters: The hard work has just begun

JAIME Peters today stressed that his hard work has just begun.

Elvin King

JAIME Peters today stressed that his hard work has just begun.

The speedy Canadian international, who will be 22 on Monday, has forced his way back into the Ipswich Town first team after two years in the wilderness.

He is expected to keep his place at right back for tomorrow's visit of Coventry City to Portman Road (kick-off 1.15pm).

And with one more year left on his contract he is aware that 2009/10 is a big season for him.

“It has been frustrating being out of the side for so long,” said Peters, who is hoping to be back in the Canadian squad for a Gold Cup game in Cyprus on May 30.

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“And I must ensure that it doesn't happen again.

“This will be the hardest part - harder than getting back into the side.

“It is a challenge that I am going to relish starting with a good pre-season to put myself right up there in the frame for a first team regular place next term.”

Brought back into the side because of a defensive injury crisis, Peters has certainly featured in a couple of high power games - the derby against Norwich City and Roy Keane's first game as Town manager at Cardiff City last Saturday.

“It is very nice to have played in those games, but I would swap them to have played 40 in the season,” added Peters.

“The new manager has come in and there is an extra buzz around the place.

“It is a case of wow when you see him around and some of the kids could easily have been a bit star struck.

“It is great to have a legend in the building and I happy he is around at this stage of my career.

“When it comes to managers you are okay with them when you are in the team and not so okay when you are not in the team.

“And it is up to you to get yourself into the side.

“Of course, you worry about your career when you are not playing, but you have to be ready. Hopefully I have proved that in what has been a crazy couple of weeks for me.”

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