Ingram hopes to follow Archer's lead after new deal

Matt Ingram in action for Oxford City

Matt Ingram in action for Oxford City

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MATT Ingram has set himself the target of becoming Wanderers' first choice keeper next season after penning a new contract.

The highly rated 19-year-old hopes to take over the gloves from Tottenham Hotspur loanee Jordan Archer, who has been number one this season despite being a youngster himself.

Ingram, who has been with the Blues since the age of 12, this week signed a new two year deal that will keep him at Adams Park until 2015.

He said: "Jordan's only a year older than me and I've seen him in training and seen him play. I see myself as being him next year. Jordan coming in has opened my eyes to the fact I can actually do it.

"It's hard for a goalkeeper to go straight into the team in League Two. I've had to get my games elsewhere. I've been at Lewes before and now I'm at Oxford City and racking up the games.

"Hopefully next year I'll be challenging for the number one spot. It's not in my hands but I'll do the best I can and hopefully be pushing for the number one spot.

"I'm delighted to sign a new deal, especially now Gaz is in charge. Things are picking up and we are starting to do really well."

Ingram, who was called up to an England goalkeeping training camp aged 16, said the experience of coach Lee Harrison has also been important to his development.

He said: "He's been excellent, especially now he's come in full time. It's helped me no end."

Wanderers players are hopeful of mounting a League Two play off push and Ingram said it's a similar story at Oxford City, where he is on a season long loan.

He said: "We're seventh at the moment but it's a bit difficult to read the table because of the weather. There's been lots of cancellations, so games are a bit hit and miss. If we keep going the way we are I think we can get to the play offs."

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