The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Tom Black­ett

LIAM Feeney has had a roller-coaster ride in the last week – and af­ter the lows of Bolton Wan­der­ers, he’s now aim­ing to hit the heights at Ip­swich Town.

The 29-year-old winger has moved out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and into the pro­mo­tion race af­ter sign­ing on-loan for Mick McCarthy’s Trac­tor Boys un­til the end of the sea­son.

Feeney has been one of very few suc­cess sto­ries to come out of Bolton this sea­son, but is now in­tent on show­cas­ing his abil­i­ties at the right end of the Cham­pi­onship. “I am re­ally pleased Mick has given me the op­por­tu­nity to come to Ip­swich to help their push for the play-offs,” he said.

“The last few days have been a bit of a roller-coaster ride; what with Neil (Len­non – Bolton man­ager) mov­ing on, and Bolton agree­ing for me to go out on loan within the space of a few hours.

“I watched Ip­swich play against Black­burn on Tues­day (they won 2-0), and it was no sur­prise that Mick’s side was well-drilled and well-or­gan­ised through­out. They were res­o­lute in de­fence and at­tacked in num­bers.”

The for­mer Bournemouth and Mill­wall man ad­mits that be­ing at Ip­swich will be a dif­fer­ent but none­the­less wel­come chal­lenge af­ter be­ing ac­cus­tomed to a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle at Bolton over the past few months.


And with the wide­man set to leave the Trot­ters on a free trans­fer in the sum­mer, there is a pos­si­bil­ity McCarthy could swoop to make Feeney a per­ma­nent fix­ture at Port­man Road if he im­presses on loan.

But Feeney wants to fo­cus on the here and now rather than worry about the fu­ture.

“It’s very easy to get swept up in the whirl­wind that sur­rounds foot­ball,” added Feeney. “I know what I’m ca­pa­ble of and what I can bring to the team. Ip­swich have shown great faith in me to bring me here so nat­u­rally I want to re­turn the favour on the pitch.

“It will also be good to catch up with Brett Pit­man and Giles Coke, who I played with at Bournemouth and Bolton.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

LOAN MOVE: Liam Feeney has left Bolton to join play-off chasers Ip­swich

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