Supple could be on the move

PROMISING young goalkeeper Shane Supple could be on his way out of Portman Road.The 21-year-old was handed the number one jersey in the summer of 2006 by Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton.

Elvin King

PROMISING young goalkeeper Shane Supple could be on his way out of Portman Road.

The 21-year-old was handed the number one jersey in the summer of 2006 by Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton.

But he has started just 12 games since then plus one substitute appearance when Lewis Price was injured in the 3-1 win at Southend on October 21 2006.

In total Supple has made 36 appearances making his debut as an 18-year-old, but he sat on the bench every game last season until joining Scottish Premier League Falkirk on loan at the end of January.

He played four games for Falkirk and has confirmed that he would welcome a permanent move to the Bairns next season.

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Supple, who has a year left on his Ipswich contract, said: “I'm waiting to hear from Ipswich, but I don't want to be sitting on the sidelines again.

“There are stories that the manager is after a new goalkeeper. If there is a chance at Falkirk, I'd love to go back.”

Meanwhile, former Town reserve and youth team midfielder Curtley Williams is to be given a chance to kick-start his career.

After being released by the Blues the 18-year-old is poised to sign a one-year contract with the Glenn Hoddle Academy.

The scheme, which is being run by Hoddle, former Town coach John Gorman, Nigel Spackman and Graham Rix, is designed to offer a genuine route back into top level football for youngsters discarded by the professional system.

Up to 40 players will join the Academy, which is based at the Montecastillo Resort near Jerez in southern Spain.

Williams joined Town as an under-11 player and he said: “Tony Humes and Richard Hall at Ipswich both went out of their way to help me find another club.

“Tony told me about the GHA. He had received a phone call from Nigel Spackman and after speaking to me, put my name forward.”

Williams attended trials and is set to sign, while former Town keeper Andrew Plummer also attended but did not make it.