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Play me up front says new boy Lee

PUBLISHED: 21:34 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 06 July 2010

IPSWICH Town's latest recruit Lee Martin admits he could end up as more of a forward than a wideman next season.

The 22-year-old has largely spent his career playing on the left wing, but arrived at Portman Road with glowing praise from Manchester United striking legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a free-scoring spell as a forward in the Norwegian's second string at the back end of last season.

IPSWICH Town's latest recruit Lee Martin admits he could end up as more of a forward than a wideman next season.

The 22-year-old has largely spent his career playing on the left wing, but arrived at Portman Road with glowing praise from Manchester United striking legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a free-scoring spell as a forward in the Norwegian's second string at the back end of last season.

He said: “I actually started out as a central midfielder and got moved out wide when I was 17. I did well and then just stayed there.

“The last six months I have been playing in and around the forwards though and I've enjoyed my time doing that.”

Asked what he will bring to the side next year, he added: “Everyone asks that question and it's hard to answer because you don't want to hype things up too much.

“I'd say I've got a lot of energy and hopefully I can create and score a few goals. I'll be looking to play those balls into the channels and will be looking to feed off any flicked balls.”

Martin only signed for the club last Monday and as a result didn't travel with the rest of the Town squad to their first pre-season friendly in Ireland last week.

That hasn't stopped him quickly blending in with his new team-mates as the bubbly character already looks well at home. In between training sessions in Portugal earlier this week Martin was in the thick of the team banter.

“We had an afternoon off to enjoy ourselves and the boys seem to get on really well with each other,” said the former Manchester United player.

“The intensity over the last couple of days has been really high and the boys have enjoyed it. That's the reason why we have come out here really. When you do get tired you tend to lose concentration so fitness is vital.”

Martin added: “Everyone knows that Ipswich is a wonderful club that wants to go on to bigger and better things and I think we've probably got one of the most professional managers in the game.

“That's important because if we want to get into the Premier League we've got to go about it in the right way. We have set our stall out now and if we keep going about things as we are then I think we'll be alright.”

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