No Ipswich Town return for Richard Wright
PUBLISHED: 13:05 22 November 2011
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IPSWICH TOWN: Ex-England keeper Richard Wright admits he would have loved to have signed for hometown club Ipswich Town for a third time – but that prospect is now looking increasingly unlikely.
The 34-year-old, who lives close to the club’s Playford Road base, has been training with Town throughout this season following his release by Sheffield United.
Blues boss Paul Jewell has not offered him a deal though – despite his keeper situation being a precarious one due to the 24-hour recall clause Fulham hold on loanee David Stockdale – and Wright is now on the verge of signing for a new club as he seeks an Indian Summer to his career.
“Paul Jewell has been great allowing me train while I’m out there seeking a club,” said Wright, who returned to his beloved Blues for a two-season spell in 2008 following top-flight stints at Arsenal, Everton and West Ham.
“I love Ipswich Town Football Club, I don’t hide that. I think everyone knows that, but at the moment there’s nothing there for me – simple as that, you just get on with it and look elsewhere.
“If anything changed and something came up (at Ipswich) then I’d be a liar to say I wouldn’t consider it because I would.
“I want to be back playing though and I’m hopeful that I’ll be joining a new club soon – I can’t say too much, but there could be something fairly imminent.”
Wright, who trained with Cardiff for a short spell in the summer, continued: “This little period out of the game has made me so hungry to keep playing. I’ve kept my head down, kept working hard; in football sometimes you just need that little opportunity and your career can lift off.
“At Everton, Nigel Martyn came in (aged 37) having not been involved at Leeds at all but ended up playing a few more years and doing very, very well (keeping Wright out the team).
“With goalkeepers people tend to like experience and I’ve certainly got plenty of that. I still believe I can play at a good level.”