Sito: I want to see out my contract

SITO Castro today gave another reminder to Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton.“I want to stay at Portman Road until my contract runs out in the summer of 2008,” stressed the 26-year-old Spaniard.

By Elvin King

SITO Castro today gave another reminder to Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton.

“I want to stay at Portman Road until my contract runs out in the summer of 2008,” stressed the 26-year-old Spaniard.

This confirmation came after the full-back made only his sixth start of the season with an efficient display in a makeshift back four against Swansea City on Saturday.


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Sito could have been excused for having other things on his mind with his wife being five days overdue for the birth of their first child when he took to the field to face the League One opponents.

“Being back in the team has lifted my confidence enormously,” added Sito.

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“It has been an up and down time. On Saturday I was up here (pointing head high) but there have been times when I have been right down here (pointing to his toes).

“I love this club and along with my wife I am settled and want to stay in the town.

“Swansea surprised me as they were a good side, but we did enough to get through to the next round - and it was a good day for me.”

Jaime Peters won the penalty converted by Alan Lee in the 63rd minute and the Canadian international has no doubts about the validity of the award.

“Yes, he pulled my shirt and caused me to fall back. There is no doubt it was a spot-kick,” said Peters, who continued his good form by giving Tom Williams the runaround.

Dan Harding was the only regular member of the Ipswich back four left on the field at the final whistle and getting to the fifth round was a new experience for him and most of his team-mates.

Harding said: “It was not the best of games, but it was an excellent result. The players who came in all did a great job and it shows the depth we have in the squad.

“Adebayo Akinfenwa was a real handful and to keep him out by a makeshift back four was an achievement.

“Jon Walters gave us similar problems in the previous round and it is good to have him on board after he impressed the manager and staff.”

Lee, now on 12 goals, said: “The first goal was always going to be vital and we just about deserved the win.

“We don't want Manchester United away, we want a team we can beat. However, this is not to say that we would not enjoy a trip to Old Trafford.

“I can only remember missing one penalty - in a LDV Trophy game for Rotherham. Fabian Wilnis was clearly man of the match and Sito Castro and Chris Casement came in and did well.”

Talking of the arrival of Walters from Chester, Lee said: “It is good to have four strikers vying for places as you need competition.”

Do you think Sito Castro should stay at Portman Road? Have your say by e-mailing or writing to sports department, Evening Star, 30, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN.

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