May 23 2013 Latest news:
By Dave Gooderham
Thursday, May 31, 2012
PAUL Jewell’s desire to bring in “young, hungry players” helped persuade Elliott Hewitt to sign for Ipswich.
– Elliott Hewitt moved to Macclesfield after being released by Stoke City’s academy – Having progressed through the youth and reserve ranks at Moss Rose, he became the youngest ever league debutant in the Silkmen’s history, making his first appearance aged 16 years and 342 days. – Last season, he made 22 appearances for the League Two side. – He can play in a number of positions including right-back and midfield – He has been capped five times by Wales at Under-21s level and also played for his country at Under-19s
The 18-year-old yesterday agreed a three-year contract after completing his move from Macclesfield Town.
And the teenage right-back revealed the part the Town boss played in convincing him his footballing education would be best served at Portman Road.
Hewitt said: “He (Jewell) told me that he’s looking to the future and looking to bring on young, hungry players so hopefully I can help that happen here and help bring some success to Ipswich.
“I know the club have a tradition of bringing through young players so that played a part in my decision, and I’m looking to continue my development at this club now.”
Hewitt was clearly impressed with both Jewell and the club as he looks to push skipper Carlos Edwards all the way for a right-back starting spot.
He added: “The club didn’t really need selling to me, just everything about the place is impressive. I’ve had a good look around the place and the training facilities are good, the ground is nice and it’s a big step up from Macclesfield.
“I spoke to the manager and he said all the right things to me and that persuaded me that this was the right place for me to come and play my football.
“Obviously I know the manager from his previous clubs and he’s a well recognisable name in the game. We had a good chat before I signed and he just seemed a nice guy too, so I’m looking forward to getting started here with him as my manager.”