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Carson Hoping to Impress New Boss
Carson Hoping to Impress New Boss
Tuesday, 28th Feb 2012 10:28

Midfielder Josh Carson is hoping to impress new Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill and add to his two full caps while away with his national side this week. The 18-year-old, who signed a new Town contract last week, joined up with the Northern Irish squad on Monday for Wednesday’s friendly against Norway in Belfast.

Carson told the club site: "I'm really looking forward to it and hopefully I will get a chance to show what I can do.

"It's a new era for Northern Ireland with the new manager coming in and I have to impress him and show him I'm worth keeping in the squad.

"I've been lucky enough to have played for my country a couple of times before at senior level and they are special memories. Hopefully I will get another opportunity against Norway."

The only other Town player away on international duty this week is central defender Tommy Smith, who New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert says will win his ninth full cap in Wednesday’s friendly against Jamaica in Auckland, although he’s yet to decide on his starting XI: "We will definitely have a look at guys like Chris Wood, Marco Rojas, Kosta Barbarouses, Tommy Smith and Winston Reid."

Elsewhere, former Blue Ian Westlake has left MLS side Montreal Impact. The 28-year-old initially joined the Canadian club last summer, re-signing in December ahead of their inaugural MLS campaign.

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jas0999 added 11:10 - Feb 28
Good enough to be at least on our bench.
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Hullblue added 11:47 - Feb 28
Ian Westlake is 28?! Bloody hell
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Sindre94 added 12:25 - Feb 28
Decent birthdaygift for me today if carson scores for northern ireland AGAINST my country:)
come on josh
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Mark added 12:41 - Feb 28
Good luck to Josh, let's hope he shows NI and ITFC what he can do!

Tommy Smith back in the Ipswich side, I hardly think a trip to Auckland is what he needs right now.
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Fatboy added 12:49 - Feb 28
Did a double-take when I saw the headline!
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Pessimistic added 13:46 - Feb 28
Phil Ham can be very mischevious with his headline writing sometimes Fatboy...
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Langdon_Blue added 13:55 - Feb 28
Ha-ha...I wonder how many 'Jewell out' posters were ready to greet the new boss with 'O'Neill out'
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Len_Brennan added 17:30 - Feb 28
Hey jas0999, rather than popping up on every new story with the same direct and indirect criticism of the manager, would you mind going back and replying to some of the posters who took the time to respond to your posts on previous stories fro once?
By just dishing out the same old mantra and then running for the hills when reasonable (maybe right, maybe wrong) counter points are put to you, it just looks like you are unable deal with healthy debate or back up your views in the face of a challenge.
It ain't good Jason, you need to learn from credible contributors like Bluelady & Dissboy.
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newtownfan13 added 18:26 - Feb 28
CMON Josh slip one in for Norn Iron and then one in against Bristol City on Saturday......we're all routing for you. Great signing for Ipswich.....well done PJ.
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ITFC4daprem added 18:45 - Feb 28
On the bench ahead of Leadbitter as he can light up a game
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newtownfan13 added 17:10 - Feb 29
Josh Carson is on the bench for his country tonight. For those interested it can be viewed on Sky Sports 3 lets get behind Josh for tonights game, hopefully he will get a run out. It is some feat being selected to play for your country at 18 years of age and an honour.................
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