Young stars David McGoldrick and Frank Nouble desperate to finally fulfil their potential at Ipswich Town

08:00 11 January 2013

David McGoldrick, pictured during his Ipswich Town debut against Aston Villa last weekend

David McGoldrick, pictured during his Ipswich Town debut against Aston Villa last weekend

PAGEPIX LTD 07976 935738

YOUNG, level-headed and hungry to prove themselves – Ipswich Town new boys David McGoldrick and Frank Nouble are keen to repay the faith of manager Mick McCarthy.

Having rubbed shoulders with the likes of Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale in Southampton’s academy, McGoldrick’s career stalled somewhat following a £1m move to hometown club Nottingham Forest.

A return of 17 goals from 24 starts at League One side Coventry City during a loan spell in the first half of this season saw McCarthy offer him what is effectively a two-and-half-year permanent deal though.

Nouble was also seen as a hot prospect when he came through Cheslea’s youth set-up, but he never quite kicked on following a move to West Ham. Earlier this week, the Blues became the eleventh club of the 21-year-old’s stop-start career.

“It didn’t quite work out for me at Forest, I dropped down a level to prove myself and now Ipswich have given me the chance to prove myself in the Championship again,” said McGoldrick, who is still only 25.

“There were a couple of other options on the table, but when a manager of Mick McCarthy’s experience – and a club as massive as Ipswich – come calling, you have to take it.

“Mark Robins (Coventry manager) wanted to keep me, but he understood that I wanted to get back in the Championship.

“When I told him my options, he told me that Ipswich were a great club and to sign for them – even though he used to play for Norwich!

“It’s a loan deal to start with because FIFA rules state you can’t play for three clubs in a season, but it’s all sorted for me to sign a two-year deal in the summer.

“This club has shown a lot of faith in me and I’m desperate to repay them.”

Nouble – whose was brought to former club Wolves by current Town assistant boss Terry Connor – said: “I never signed there with the plan to leave after six months, but things happen in football. I didn’t feel like I had the chance to showcase what I could do there (after Stale Solbakken took charge).

“Terry Connor is a great guy and I’m just happy I can rejoin two people that are very positive and encouraging. They have seen something in me and hopefully I can reward that faith.”

The duo are both now motivated to get back to the form showed during their bright beginnings in the game.

McGoldrick said: “I’ve watched the likes of Theo (Walcott) and Gareth (Bale) go on to do great things. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to rub shoulders with them again one day and I hope I can do it with Ipswich. This is a new chapter for me.”

Nouble said: “When you have that level inside you as a youngster, I don’t care who you are, you always think ‘I want to get back there’.

“Those that know me will know my career hasn’t been all bad. I have no regrets because I’ve learnt something from everywhere I’ve been.”


  • 'Young hungry' players is just what ITFC want. We must look beyond this season & try to build for the future. DJ Campbell obviously done a great job for us - but his stated preference was always to return to QPR & the Premiership - & nobody could blame him for that. I for one would be happy to see a young strike pairing given a run in the team - provided they show the committment this article indicates they've got.

    Report this comment

    Old Timer

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Fine words but repeated failures elsewhere rarely suddenly come good... particularly under a manager like Mick the Man who seemingly prefers a farmed-in Orr to a promising Hewitt. In this appallingly inept season it would be nice to think that Mick the No Loans Man might finally think about building a team rather than juggling a seemingly endless supply of mercenary deadbeats.,.,., but I for one will not be holding my breath... nor I suspect based on his previous common sense will Old Timer.

    Report this comment

    Rob Steroo

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Thats more like it Old Timer. Positivety

    Report this comment


    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Rob sterol what a idiot we don't need fans like mcgoldrick a failure 17 goals in 22 games a real failure . And nouble give him a chance only played 1 game I have great confidence in mick & terry so shut up you fool

    Report this comment

    Itfc Fred

    Friday, January 11, 2013

  • Careful old timer to many positive posts and you risk getting chucked out of the Scott and steroo all things anti itfc gang.But keep it up and perhaps a lucky escape before you got brainwashed into liking all things yellow and green.

    Report this comment

    stephen ellis

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Most read

Championship League table

League One table