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Fülöp: First Team Football Key to Move
Fülöp: First Team Football Key to Move
Friday, 6th Aug 2010 08:15

New Town keeper Márton Fülöp says the desire to play first team football more regularly was why he swapped life in the Premier League with Sunderland for the Championship with Town. The 27-year-old completed his £750,000 move from the Stadium of Light yesterday, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

Fülöp says that he became frustrated by his lack of opportunities at Sunderland last year, having begun 2009/10 as Steve Bruce’s first choice: “I started the season and played three games and then got injured for six or seven weeks and lost my place.

“The most important thing for me is to play football and that was a major factor why I came to Ipswich.

“I know if I can play football I have a lot to offer. I’m delighted to be here and it’s a great opportunity for me. Playing first team football is the most important thing for me.”

Fülöp says Roy Keane has been trying to persuade him to join him at Portman Road throughout the close season, TWTD first reporting the Blues’ interest in Hungarian international back in May: “We worked together for two years and he called me over the summer a few times and told me what the goals are at Ipswich. I was really impressed with what he said about the club and what he said about the set-up here.”

The move took a while to complete and the Budapest-born glovesman says he’s pleased to finally have finally signed: “I’m glad it’s over and I can concentrate on playing football. It’s a good thing to get a fresh start somewhere and especially at a great club like this.

“The training ground is top class, as is the stadium, the manager has Premier League experience, he knows how to handle the Premier League, it’s a great set-up and it’s really nice to be here. It’s been dragging on for a few weeks now and I’m grateful that it’s come to a conclusion.”

Fülöp denies personally speaking to Fulham earlier in the week but when asked failed to completely dismiss suggestions that his one of agents – his father Ferenc, who was an extra in Escape to Victory, is amongst them – talked to the Cottagers: “I don’t know, you’ll have to speak to him!”

The new Town number 21 finished last season as an emergency loanee at Manchester City, playing three games, and Fülöp says the short stay had a big effect on him: “I was there for 10 days but I think I became a better goalkeeper. The pressure I had to handle there was great and I think it was a great part of my career.”

The move sees the goalkeeper – who is 6ft 5in tall not 6ft 6in as per some reports – team up with his close mate Tamás Priskin, something he says can work in their favour: “We are great friends. With the national team we share rooms together, so it’s great to come to the same club as him and hopefully we can achieve success together.

“We can help each other. It’s nice if you can talk to someone in your language and it’s very good for both of us that we are in the same team.”

Fülöp says that despite his friend’s poor first season with the Blues, he will come good given time: “Tamás is a top Championship striker, I think he will score a lot of goals this season. He’s a guy who needs time to settle like everybody and I’m sure he can get the goals that can give us a good chance.

“He’s not a typical Championship striker. He has a lot of qualities, his movement is great, he just needs that confidence. If he scores his first goal I think a lot more will come from him.”

Fülöp’s first task is to win a place in the side from Brian Murphy, then he is clear where he hopes he and Town will be heading: “Everywhere you have to play well to get the shirt. I hope I get the opportunity and I will do my best to help the club. I’m sure there will be exciting times ahead.

“I came here to do well and to help Ipswich and if we get to the Premier League, it will suit everybody, I presume.”

Roy Keane has confirmed that Fülöp will go into his squad, although not necessarily his team, for Saturday’s game at Middlesbrough.

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Millsey added 08:23 - Aug 6
Good luck to you both. coyb
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kiwiblue added 08:25 - Aug 6
welcome marton, best of luck and push the team from the back to where we belong.
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Fatboy added 08:42 - Aug 6
Good attitude.
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GinjaBumBum added 08:43 - Aug 6
Martin Fulop is the goalkeeper that Town have been looking for and i believe that with him in goal we have a real chance of conceding less as long as the defence supports him.
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16_Jack_ken_16 added 08:46 - Aug 6
yes hopefully we are done signing goalkeepers and also I read in the east anglian about chopra is he coming or staying ???
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Vic added 08:59 - Aug 6
Can't help feeling a little sorry for Murphy who now likes like being #2 despite not really doing anything wrong.

That said, I expect this guy to be better than him so I'm not too disappointed.
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emergencylime added 09:00 - Aug 6
I might learn some Hungarian so I can understand what Marton is shouting at Tamas. Maybe some of the team should do the same!
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Karlosfandangal added 09:16 - Aug 6
Man City were pushing for Champion Leagues place, and they saw something in him so there is no way he will be our number 2.
Let Richard Wright go was a good decision in the end.
Left Back sorted
Centre backs sorted
Right back, Need one however Peters is as good as D Wright so again good decision to let him go
Left midfiled possible sorted depends on how Cievlli comes back from his injury but looked good before
Centre midfield sorted Leadbitter, Norris
Right Midfield Sorted Walters, However if he goes Edwards can possible do a better job if his attitude is right this year, think we need a proven winger.
Up front Wickham sorted but need another proven goal scorer (Chopra!!!!!!)
The other players that have left us (Lisbie, Trotter, Garvan, Bruce,Balkestien and the 4 loans we had) dont think we will miss them.
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MAVERICK added 10:04 - Aug 6
Looking forward to England v Hungary on wednesday now !
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tom_the_blue added 10:27 - Aug 6
Its nice to see a player with this attitude, this is the type of player we should be signing.

COYB!!!
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bleedblue added 10:38 - Aug 6
I am confident with the defence - but still not convinced upfront nor the creative side of the midfield - hope I am proven wrong, but these aren't the "exciting" transfers I wanted/expected to see before we kick off the season!

Still good luck chaps, you have added quality and experience, just really want a top name signing (forward) ASAP!!!

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SiBo added 10:40 - Aug 6
Good signing... Improves us, which is all you can ask... now sign someone up front! If the Chopra deal is going nowhere... look somewhere else.
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ipswichsupporter88 added 11:22 - Aug 6
glad to see him being so positive
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arc added 12:16 - Aug 6
Now will someone please interview Brian Murphy?
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zippyrainbow added 12:38 - Aug 6
Cleggy looks stressed !!!! Happy with this signing though and I am sure he has been assured his place in the first team or he wouldn't be here. Coming down from the Premier League and obviously taking lower wages here is all we need to know about his desire to play for us. Welcome aboard !!!
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robdaful added 14:33 - Aug 6
Sounds good to me. Shows ambition to drop down a league for first team football. And as I'm led to believe a pay cut.
IF I had one complaint it would only be the fact that he has signed a 2 year contract and not a longer one.

And why does Clegg look stressed he hasn't done anything. Apart from going on hols. How about we cut out he man in the middle (Clegg) and let Keane identify who he want and Evans can get them like at other clubs. eg Tottenham. Or Keane can talk to Evans and Evans can say how much he expects to pay on fee and wages. Is Clegg really needed at this club? We can save wages without him on the bill.
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francisb123 added 17:59 - Aug 6
has a good attitude welcome to ipswich marton
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leadbitter6 added 20:55 - Aug 6
Clegg shouldn't be looking stressed, he's not doing his bloody job that's for sure.
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