Wright calm on contract snub
Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright admits he is philosophical after he was not offered a new contract.
Last Updated: 30/04/10 1:41pm
Ipswich Town goalkeeper Richard Wright admits he is philosophical following the news that he will not be offered a new contract in the summer.
The 32-year-old is one of four players that Town manager Roy Keane has opted to release, the others being David Wright, Pim Balkestein and Ed Upson.
Wright says that, although he is disappointed he will not be playing at Portman Road next term, he reveals that he did not expect to get a new deal.
"If you had asked me two months ago, then I'd have said that I expected this," he told the Green'Un.
"But now, after being involved in the last two squads, I thought it might be different.
"However, I'm not really surprised. That's how football is. It gives me a chance to look for a new challenge.
"I am disappointed, don't get me wrong, but someone like David Wright has been in the team on a regular basis and has performed well this season, so for that to happen is devastating.
"But I understand how things are, and I just want to get on with it.
"I don't want to dwell on the past or dwell on things that you can't worry about. I've got a family holiday already booked and I'm looking forward to that."
Wright has made almost 300 league appearances for Ipswich in two separate spells with the club, but admits this season has been hit-and-miss.
"This year has been very stop-start. I was feeling great in pre-season, and I was flying at the start of the season," he added.
"But I then had a little dip in my form, the team were struggling, and the manager decided to make changes. It was frustrating.
"I had a meeting with the manager (this week), when he told me the news.
"I have great memories of this football club. It's dear to my heart, but I've got to move on."