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Keeper Wright Moves to Sweden on Loan
Thursday, 27th Aug 2020 00:18

Blues keeper Harry Wright has joined Swedish Superetten side GAIS on loan until the conclusion of their season at the start of December.

Nicklas Karlström, sporting director of GAIS, who play in the Sweidish second tier, said: “We have been looking at bringing in a capable goalkeeper since Oscar Ekman injured himself.

“Erik Westgärds is an enormously promising goalkeeper, but it would have been a bit of a big task to take over in goal over a longer period of time if [first-choice keeper] Mathias [Karlsson] were to be injured.

“We’ve had our eyes on Harry Wright during the summer and he has been our first choice, but we could not complete the move until it was clear which quarantine rules would apply during the autumn.

“Now it is clear to what applies and Ipswich have agreed to release Harry to us. The idea is that he will come to Gothenburg soon and will start training with the team immediately. He will also be ready to play without any longer wait.”

Wright isn't the first Town player to join GAIS on loan. In August last year Aaron Drinan and Barry Cotter spent time on trial with the Gothenburg club with the Irish striker eventually signing on loan for the remainder of last season.

Wright is yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for the Blues having missed most of last season due to a knee injury, although he started his first senior game for the Blues in the first of the two 75-minute friendlies at Colchester last week.

It was always likely that Wright, who is contracted until next June with the Blues having taken a one-year option on his deal earlier in the summer, would move out on loan to gain experience, particularly as at 21 his wage is counted towards the salary cap and he was unlikely to play much first-team football.

Previously Wright, the son of former Blues keeper Richard, has spent spells on loan at Chelmsford and Brightlingsea Regent.

He joined the Blues academy in 2015 as a scholar having previously been with in the youth set-up at Manchester City, where his father was a player and is now a coach.

Photo: Matchday Images

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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 05:10 - Aug 27
Superettan is the Swedish equivalent of the Championship. GAIS are 13th at the moment, and I don't think the general level is all that high. But good experience for him, nonetheless.

tractorboybig added 06:48 - Aug 27
true to form..palm off the youngsters and then rid of them replaced by lower div crap.
we were great when we had managers who brought the youngsters on here. from what i have seen he is better than that crap we have just signed

Terry_Nutkins added 07:55 - Aug 27
What an absolutely bizzare assessment of this move tractor. Fantastic experience for Wright to go to another country and improve as well as mature outside of the suffolk bubble he's grown up in. Makes complete sense for everyone involved.

Incredible logic as well "from.what you have seen better" than Cornell. Do me a favour. Cornell is being watched by Wales and is off the back of player of the year and L2 team of the year and a string of excellent seasons. He's a good goalkeeper. That's obvious. Harry has never played a senior league game.

CavendishBlue added 08:15 - Aug 27
You didn't need a caption on that pic Gav to tell us it was son of Plug now did you?

tractorboybig added 08:19 - Aug 27
being in line for a welsh cap is hardly an achievement

rabbit added 08:28 - Aug 27
A Welsh Cap is hardly and achievement!!
Gosh you must be a sportsman of remarkable standards.
Good luck to Harry Wright what a good experience it will be for him.

rickw added 08:45 - Aug 27
Great move all round - he needs senior games to show to our management whether he's ready or not!

COYB11 added 08:48 - Aug 27
What an experience for a 21 year old who won't get a look in at ITFC currently. Out of his comfort zone, play some competitive men's football, learn a new language. Come back a better footballer and better person - what's not to like?

Good luck, Harry. Take this opportunity with both hands.

Icantbelieveyousaidt added 08:49 - Aug 27
Tractorboybig; You are a typical example of why I very, very rarely post on this site. If ever I needed an example of stupidity, ignorance, bias against the current regime, and a complete lack of knowledge regarding all things football, then you have provided it. Happy Thursday to you all....

blues1 added 09:16 - Aug 27
Tractorboybig. From what you have seen? Which is what? You've seen cornell on a stream in the 1st half of one game, where yes, hes made an error with a kick, which uve slated him for. No mention of the great save he made later in the half. Wright has never played other than a couple of friendlies, and at u23 level. And is nowhere near ready for the 1st team as yet. But you think he should play ahead of some1 who's been player of the year at his previous club, as well as several good seasons there, in line for a Welsh call up( which u somehow think is not an achievement), and who was wanted by several championship clubs? This a great move for both Wright, and the club. So instead of just slagging the club off in every story on here, why dont you just try being a bit more objective in ur comments.

BlueandTruesince82 added 09:16 - Aug 27
No issue with this.... first sensible thing we have done all summer

Radlett_blue added 09:18 - Aug 27
Let's hope Harry actually gets some game time.

algarvefan added 09:33 - Aug 27
Be good progress for the lad and a good life experience too.

Kesblue66 added 09:36 - Aug 27
Spot on Tractorbigboy,fully agree.Remember Pope.

tractorboybig added 09:46 - Aug 27
To all those negative about my comments///the youngsters need bringing on here.... playing in a lower league and doing well means nothing as we have found out. There is nothing to be positive about with our club at this time icant.........Its constructive points not ignorance so dont bother commenting

Tony88 added 09:48 - Aug 27
Tractor boy big
I thought it was a very strange thing to suggest it was not an honour to be chosen to play for Wales and then I realised that you must be a member of the merry men of 81.

dirtydingusmagee added 10:57 - Aug 27
Tractorboybig ,did you just wake up like that ,or is that your norm ?. Perhaps you should go out and come back in again .!

Carberry added 10:58 - Aug 27
Regardless of the quality of football a marvelous opportunity for the lad to experience life away from the football bubble existing here. Let's hope he takes full advantage of another country, culture and lifestyle.

StavangerBlue added 11:11 - Aug 27
A chance to get some tanned blonde Swedish experience Harry...excellent.

cat added 11:21 - Aug 27
Strange that at the age of 21 he ain’t had a sniff of a first team appearance yet. Only seen him in the odd pre match warm up, looks a good shot stopper which is the minimum requirement these days, but something must be lacking from his game?

SaigonTractor added 12:01 - Aug 27
Even if we hadn't signed Cornell he was unlikely to get a game here outside of a few cup appearance. Playing regularly is vital to a goalkeeper, no matter the quality of the league.

Dean Henderson was at Shrewsbury not too long ago, and that was far better for his development than staying in the Utd reserves.

rabbit added 15:48 - Aug 27
Another remarkable statement "playing in a lower league and doing well means nothing" ?Arguably two of ITFC's best players last season were Downes and Woolfenden both out on loan the previous season to lower league clubs?

IpswichToon added 16:59 - Aug 27
He definitely has his Dad's ears

JohnyJohnson added 00:00 - Aug 28
Did someone shave his eyebrows off? More aerodynamic

Linkboy13 added 08:42 - Aug 28
Not only is it good for his football development, it will also make him a better and stronger character having to think on his own two feet. There are certain players at the club who seem reluctant to go out on loan and would rather settle for a easy life going through the motions at Portman road.

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