Henderson Delighted to Be Back Friday, 1st Feb 2013 16:04
Returning loan keeper Stephen Henderson is delighted to be back at Portman Road, having signed a loan until the end of the season prior to yesterday’s deadline. The West Ham keeper looks likely to start when Middlesbrough are in Suffolk on Saturday afternoon.
Henderson told the club site: “It was a bit of a mental day yesterday but fortunately it all got done in the end and I’m delighted to be back here.
“I spoke to the manager here and he told me he was keen for me to come back and I wanted to come back.
“I had a word with Sam Allardyce as well. Sam knows that I want to go out and play games and I’m grateful to West Ham for giving me the opportunity to do that at Ipswich.
“I know I had some tough times at the start of my first spell here when we let in five and six. I looked at those games to see what went wrong from my end and coming through that period has made me mentally stronger.”
The Irishman, whose loan deal includes a 24-hour recall clause, says he gets on well with fellow keepers Scott Loach and Arran Lee-Barrett: “It’s good to be back working on the training ground again with Scott and Arran. They are great lads.
“We’re competing for only one place in the team. That’s the hard part of being a goalkeeper but you need that competition at any club.
“Scott was fully behind me when I was in the team and he knows I’ll be supporting him if he gets the nod."
I think that he is marginally better than Scotty,and what is more still improving but still makes the odd error.I feel that goalkeepers come under greater scrutiny and sometimes take the blame uneccessarily.Feel in those early days Bradley Orr was very shakey against speed merchants as thought he was a bit pedestrian. Yesterday TWTD said it would be a quiet day and EADT the contrary.Looks like you were right Phil!Just lost out on a speedy midfielder probably a wide man so feel MM did better than PJ in Jan tf window. Now need to get scoring goals and picking up points,as'easy' run of games over;so still fear relegation to 3rd tier for the first time in 55 years. Hope we do stay up,and ME splashes a bit more cash,as hate to think what will happen if Ipswich go down.
wouldnt mind seeing us in for Robinson in the close season seeing as hes outcast at Blackburn.... cant see Henderson coming longer term, but Robinson, with the right management is a formidable keeper......
Henderson, Loach and ALB are all pretty average IMO. Haven't had a decent signed 'keeper since Neil Alexander or a decent loanee since Amir Begovic. Quite why Stoke have spent big on Butland is beyond me with AB on the books.... or have I missed something?
@Portman51 - The feeling is that Begovic will be gone in the summer, so Stoke are planning ahead. Butland is back on loan at Birmingham for the rest of the season, ready to take over as first choice at Stoke when Begovic leaves. Butland turned down Chelsea because he wanted to be a first choice keeper, so it seems likely he knows Begovic will be off.
Delighted to be back... Yep, Ok... Like all the modern 'pro's' this guy says what suits and when. Asked about ITFC at about 5pm yesterday - I wonder what his response would have been when he thought he was off to Blackburn....?
Frankly I am bloody unhappy with this. Henderson is certainly no better than Scott Loach IMO and he is one of ours. Why do we keep taking other clubs players and giving them match time and keeping them fit. It's not as if Big Fat Sam is a friend of this club so why do him a favour.