Supple wants his future sorted
FORGOTTEN goalkeeper Shane Supple today revealed that he has seen Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton about his Portman Road future.And the 19-year-old says that he will not go through another season like this one.
By Elvin King
FORGOTTEN goalkeeper Shane Supple today revealed that he has seen Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton about his Portman Road future.
And the 19-year-old says that he will not go through another season like this one.
“I can't let the situation go on for ever,” he said.
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Supple, given the number one jersey by Magilton in the summer, has started just seven league matches under the new manager.
“The gaffer has reassured me that I still have a future with Ipswich,” said Supple, who is due to play for Town reserves against Leyton Orient at Portman Road tonight.
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“I am not complaining about always being on the bench as Lewis Price has done very well.
“But I hope to be selected for a few first team matches before the end of the season.”
Supple made 23 appearances last season after the departure of Kelvin Davis to Sunderland at the end of the 2004/05 campaign.
But he has now been overtaken by Price, and has played just once - against Chester in the FA Cup - since the home league defeat by Sheffield Wednesday on November 11.
“I have no problem with Lewis and he has played well, but it has not been nice for me,” added Supple.
“I am itching to get back into the team, and I can not go through another season like this one.
“I can't let the situation go on for ever as I know I am good enough.”
Supple has continued to show a professional approach and has become a regular in the reserves playing against Ridgeons League at Humber Doucy Lane against Ipswich Wanderers in the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup.
“With respect this is not really what I want and the standard of the reserve league we play in this season is not very high,” added Supple.
“You confidence drops a bit when out of the first team, but this is to be expected and I still have every faith in my ability.”
If finances dictate that Ipswich have to sell a player this summer Price - with his international pedigree and reliable displays this season - is one they could expect to get money for.
Supple would then be in a position to step up - unless Ipswich were to bring in an experienced keeper on a short-term basis such as Mike Pollitt.
n SEAN Doherty, 22, is back with Accrington after spending last week at Portman Road on trial.