Trio want a Blues future

THREE Blues players have pledged their futures with the Championship club.

THREE Blues players have pledged their futures with the Championship club.

Goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett, striker Tamas Priskin and full back Liam Rosenior have all confirmed their desire to continue playing for Roy Keane's Town.

Lee-Barrett, 25, has kept three clean sheets in the six games he has played since getting a surprise call-up following the return to Portsmouth of loanee Asmir Begovic and a knee injury sustained by Richard Wright.

His short-term deal - signed when Shane Supple hung up his gloves in August - runs out on January 21 with Irish keeper Brian Murphy now eligible having completed a free Bosman move from Bohemians.

“Hopefully my future is with Ipswich,” said former St Albans School, Ipswich pupil Lee-Barrett. “But if not hopefully I've done enough to secure a long term deal with another club that has noticed my performances.

“There are a few clubs interested, but I have told him to see what Ipswich say first because I love it here.

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“I knew that given a chance, I could prove that I can play at this level and I believe that I have done that.

“Hopefully, the manager will see me as part of his long term plans.”

Priskin, who cost �1.7million from Watford in September but has failed to cement a place in the side, has spoken to the Hungarian press where he is a regular international.

“If it's up to me, I'm not going anywhere,” he stressed.

And confirming there has been no fall-out with Keane, the 23-year-old added: “It is normal player-manager relationship between us.

“With Watford last season I started more than 30 times, while at Ipswich I've started only nine, but I'm working hard to change this.”

Keane will look into the Lee-Barrett situation over the next few days, and he has stressed that new players can take many months to settle at a fresh club.

He has not written off Priskin, nor Lee Martin who has also failed to impress since his �1.5million arrival from Manchester United.

And the Blues boss has plans to sign Rosenior on a permanent contract when his season-long loan runs out in the summer.

“I would like to stay longer than just one season,” said Rosenior, with Keane adding: “To say I'm pleased with Liam would be an understatement.

“He's done really well and we're delighted to have him at the club."

Ipswich's FA Cup fourth round game at League One Southampton has been confirmed for Saturday January 23 with a 3pm kick-off.

-TODAY'S Ipswich Town reserve game against Wycombe Wanderers at Portman Road has been called off due to a frozen pitch. Training ground pitches at Playford Road are also currently frozen with players using the indoor facilities.