Middlesbrough loanee Frazer Richardson wants to earn permanent contract at Ipswich Town
PUBLISHED: 10:13 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 24 April 2014
Ipswich Town defender Frazer Richardson believes he has done enough to impress manager Mick McCarthy and turn his loan spell into a permanent move.
The 31-year-old right-back made his full debut for the Blues in their 2-2 home draw against Bournemouth on Monday after signing on loan from Middlesbrough in January.
However, the loanee, out of contract in the summer, has found breaking into Town’s defence a difficult task after being plagued by injury and watching his new side cement their status as Championship play-off contenders.
But he took full advantage of Christophe Berra’s injury to impress at Portman Road against the Cherries, leaving him confident his performance, coupled with four previous substitute appearances, will be enough to warrant a full-time deal.
“I’d love to stay here to be quite honest, but it is not for me to decide – it is for the powers that be,” he said.
“I hope I have shown enough in training and in the game (on Monday). I think I have.
“I am not really match-fit at the minute. My last 90 minutes was in December so the Bournemouth game was the first I’ve started for a very long time. I thought I did all right.
“In the second half I obviously tired, but the more games I play the better I will get.”
McCarthy praised Richardson’s “personality and ability” last month and admitted he could earn a permanent contract before the end of the season.
Conceding the prospect of continuing to work under McCarthy is playing a “big part” in his desire to stay at Ipswich, Richardson said: “Mick is fantastic.
“He’s honest and has this willingness to want you to work hard first and foremost.
“That is very important for a manager to get that across to his players. Along with Terry Connor, he does that very well.”
He added: “Mick’s always up there when you talk about the best managers.
“When you talk about the manager of the season awards his name will always be bandied around in that category.
“He’s a professional man, and hopefully he will stay and can take us up to the Premier League.”