Jaime relishes derby

CANADIAN international Jaime Peters is looking no further forward than the end of the season as far as his Ipswich Town future is concerned.But after his man-of-the-match display against Chester City in Tuesday's FA Cup replay win, the 19-year-old flying winger cannot wait to stake his claim for a regular first team place in tomorrow's Championship derby against surprise packets Colchester United.

By Elvin King

CANADIAN international Jaime Peters is looking no further forward than the end of the season as far as his Ipswich Town future is concerned.

But after his man-of-the-match display against Chester City in Tuesday's FA Cup replay win, the 19-year-old flying winger cannot wait to stake his claim for a regular first team place in tomorrow's Championship derby against surprise packets Colchester United.

Peters' contract runs out in the summer, and he needs to be playing first team football and international football to be certain of extending his work permit.


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“I will keep playing, and wait and see what happens at the end of the season,” said Peters, who has made 24 Ipswich appearances and scored one goal having been signed in the summer of 2005.

Peters believes the Chester victory gives Town a timely boost and he added: “Everyone is looking forward to the Colchester derby.

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“It is huge for us because we still have aspirations of making the play-offs, and beating them would give us confidence.

“It would act as a springboard for trying to put a run together, and we would all be on such a high for the next few games.

“Derby games are always special and this time we have the upper hand because we are at home.

“We have got to make up for our defeat at Layer Road.

“Fans love these games and, as players, they mean a lot to us too.

“Just like when you are young and don't like losing to your brothers and sisters, we don't want to be beaten by our neighbours and rivals. We want to get one over them.”

Peters, who says that his defending has improved thanks to the coaching he has received at Portman Road, is expecting a typical blood-and-thunder affair with no quarter given by either side.

“Form goes out the window in derby matches and it would not matter if Colchester were top of the table and we were bottom - it would still be close and hard-fought.”

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