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Monday, 21 July 2008

A big season for...Richard Wright

Richard Wright is back at Ipswich Town after a £500,000 deal to take him from West Ham United was completed on Monday.

“I'm joining at an exciting time," said the goalkeeper, quoted in the Ipswich Evening Star.

"The club is moving in the right direction and everything is ready for the Premier League.

“It will be difficult, the Championship is clearly a very tough league but there is a good feeling about the place.

“You can sense that everyone is positive that we can get back in the Premier League very soon and that's my first priority coming back here, to help Ipswich win promotion.”

Wright made close to 300 appearances for the Suffolk club before the £6m move to Arsenal in 2001 that was supposed to elevate him to England number one status over the coming years.

It never happened of course and Wright has played second fiddle ever since to a host of keepers including Nigel Martyn at Everton and Robert Green at West Ham. His appearance total has gone up by just over 100 since leaving Portman Road seven years ago.

However Wright is only 30 years old and need only look at the likes of David James and Brad Friedel in the Premier League to see that his best years may yet be ahead of him. Back at his hometown club and playing a manager who clearly sees him as number one, the future could still be bright.

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