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Garvan on the verge of leaving

PUBLISHED: 09:20 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:11 06 July 2010

IPSWICH Town's forgotten man, Owen Garvan, could be on the verge of leaving Portman Road.

Frozen out of the first team picture since August, and slapped on the transfer list, Garvan is attracting interest from Championship rivals Cardiff City.

IPSWICH Town's forgotten man, Owen Garvan, could be on the verge of leaving Portman Road.

Frozen out of the first team picture since August, and slapped on the transfer list, Garvan is attracting interest from Championship rivals Cardiff City.

Although Town boss Roy Keane has insisted that he is still on speaking terms with central midfielder Garvan, he did admit last week that the 21-year-old was “not doing enough” to get back into the first team frame.

Garvan, a product of Town's Academy, has not featured since the 2-0 defeat at West Brom on August 22, when he was substituted at half-time. In fact, he has not even been in the 18-man squad in the subsequent 13 games.

Cardiff are currently riding high in third spot in the Championship, but manager Dave Jones has made no secret of the fact that he needs back-up in midfield, following a long-term injury to Stephen McPhail.

Ex-Leeds and Barnsley 29-year-old McPhail is an important cog in Cardiff's midfield, due to his adept passing skills, so Garvan could prove a suitable deputy.

“We are going to miss his (McPhail's) creativity,” admitted Jones.

McPhail underwent an operation on Monday, for a thigh injury, and is set to sidelined for up to three months. He has set up countless goals for team-mates Michael Chopra (11 goals) and Peter Whittingham (10), who are the top two goalscorers in the Championship.

The Bluebirds would initially have to sign Garvan on loan, before making the move permanent when the transfer window reopens in January.

Dubliner Garvan, despite his problems at club level - just five outings all season - has been making a name for himself at international level as the skipper of Republic of Ireland Under-21s.

He scored an injury-time equaliser in the European Under-21 Championships qualifier against Switzerland (1-1 draw) last month, and is set to earn his 11th cap in Georgia this Saturday.

Keane made his views on Garvan plain and clear during his appearance at Ipswich Town Supporters' Club's annual general meeting last week.

He admitted: “Every fan has his or her favourite, and those they have a soft spot for.

“Owen may be that player for many of our supporters. But he is not doing enough right now to get into our team.

“Yes, he has talent, but talent only counts for around 5% of what is needed to become a success as a professional footballer.”

Last month, Garvan turned down a chance to join League One side Colchester United on loan.


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