Wright aims to be ruthless

RICHARD Wright plans to shut out Shane Supple this season, the same as Robert Green did to him in 2007/08.Wright, who is eagerly awaiting a head to head with Green in Monday's friendly against West Ham at Portman Road, is fully aware of the pressure Supple will put on him over the next nine months or so.

Elvin King

RICHARD Wright plans to shut out Shane Supple this season, the same as Robert Green did to him in 2007/08.

Wright, who is eagerly awaiting a head to head with Green in Monday's friendly against West Ham at Portman Road, is fully aware of the pressure Supple will put on him over the next nine months or so.

Wright made just three first team appearances for the Hammers in his one season at Upton Park.


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“I was kept out by Robert Green, who had a fantastic year and was voted player of the season,” said Wright.

“I put maximum pressure on Robert but could not oust him from the number one position.

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“I know the quality that Shane has, and I expect him to put similar pressure on me this season.

“Over the coming weeks and months I know that Shane will keep me on my toes. And I will have to react the same way that Robert did at West Ham. Competition for places can only be good for the football club.

“I am certainly not taking the number one jersey for granted with Shane pushing me hard.”

Wright now has time to have assessed the situation at Portman Road having played in three pre-season games and trained for a fortnight with his new team mates. And he is predicting good times ahead.

He added: “I think there is potential in the squad. It is looking positive. We have been winning games in pre-season, and this can only be good.

“I have conceded a couple of goals, but this happens. A keeper will always concede goals as much as we want to keep clean sheets.

“Since I was last here the new training ground has been installed at Playford Road, and it is very impressive.

“My start has been good and I can't wait for the West ham game on Monday and meet up with my former team mates.”

Strikers Kevin Lisbie and Alan Lee watched the cricket match at Chantry Park last night, but there are no worries - with the former resting a slight ankle tweak and Lee having a rest.

Davis Norris was watching the cricket - along with all the other squad members - and he is set to return to action after a second heel problem in a couple of weeks or so.

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