Norris ready to stake his claim for starting position
Summer addition Will Norris said he is itching to go as he prepares to make his Blues debut against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup first round tomorrow evening.
The 26-year-old ‘keeper, who arrived on loan from Wolves in July, is hoping to battle it out with Tomas Holy for the starting role at Town this term, and will get his first opportunity to show what he can do against The Hatters at Kenilworth Road.
“This is a good competition and a good oportunity for me and some of the lads to show what we can offer. I’m itching to get going,” he told iFollow Ipswich.
“Every game is important to me generally speaking but in the goalkeeping role particularly you have to take the chances you get to impress.
“Over the course of the season I want to fight for the starting position and tomorrow is the first proper chance I’ll have to stake my claim so I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ve enjoyed working closely with Jimmy (Walker, goalkeeping coach) and Tomas and now I’m ready to get out on the pitch and in front of the fans.”
With Norris set to make his debut in the Carabao Cup, a game which could go to penalties, something Norris has a good record in.
“It’s true I have a good record from penalties and the year I saved two against Accrington was when I got my move to Wolves.
“But there’s no magic formula, although I have my own method but I’m not giving away my secret. When you face a penalty you can only do your best and try to make a save.
“There’s no hard and fast formula. Keepers do their homework for things like that but it’s also down to instinct and how things are going in the game. Combine all that together and it’s a strange formula. But I’m proud of my record and if the Luton game goes to penalties I’ll be ready.”
When joining Town, Norris admits there were other options on the table: “There were a couple of other clubs interested in me but, to be honest with you, when I heard Ipswich were keen I just wanted to get down here and get the deal done as quickly as possible.
“It all started for me down the road at Royston. I moved on to Cambridge United and then joined Wolves, who have really kicked on and been successful in my time there.
“What I’ve been lacking is game time and that’s why I’m here. I need to play games to progress my career – that’s the route I’m on at the minute.”