Wright in . . . Price out

FORMER Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright is definitely returning to Portman Road.The 29-year-old may even complete a deal before he jets off on a family holiday to Florida later this month.

By Mel Henderson

FORMER Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright is definitely returning to Portman Road.

The 29-year-old may even complete a deal before he jets off on a family holiday to Florida later this month.

Wright's arrival will signal the departure of Welsh international Lewis Price, who does not want to play second fiddle to the ex-England man.

Ironically, both players are looked after by the same agents and moves are taking place behind the scenes in an attempt to sort out Price's future well ahead of his 23rd birthday in July.

He is already attracting attention

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from a number of Championship clubs, including Burnley, who recently parted company with another Welsh cap in Danny Coyne.

Wright's departure from Everton was confirmed yesterday when Goodison boss David Moyes officially announced that the keeper was not being retained.

He did hint that Wright may be offered a new deal when he added: “The door is slightly ajar for Richard in that we may need to bring in another keeper.”

But Ipswich-born Wright will snub any chance of signing on again with the Merseysiders and has decided that his next move will take him back to his roots.

He was in the Town first team as a 17-year-old and after moving to Arsenal in 2001 he switched to Everton the following year in a £3.5million deal.

But after just 71 senior outings for the Toffees he and his family are looking forward to returning to Suffolk.

Magilton, currently in Canada, fully understands Price's decision to move on and wants to see him secure the type of move that will not damage his international prospects.

That will leave 20-year-old Shane Supple, who enjoyed a brief first team run at the end of last season, to provide competition to Wright.

Meanwhile, Magilton is continuing his efforts to land loan signing Francis Jeffers from Blackburn on a permanent basis as he looks to strengthen for next term.

And if he lands the three players on his wanted list, the Town boss is confident his new-look side will be capable of mounting a promotion challenge.

He said: “If circumstances allow for me to bring in the players I want, those I have earmarked will make us better and if we get them then we will be top six.”