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8 December 2015

Gerken delighted with his Town turnaround and thanks Malcolm Webster for believing in him after disappointing end at Bristol City

Dean Gerken has admitted he’s enjoying his football again- and puts the credit down to one individual.

The stopper has managed to dislodge Bartosz Bialkowski to become Town’s first choice between the sticks and after a number of impressive performances recently, he has started to earn the plaudits.

The former Bristol City man spoke honestly about getting his love for the game back and thanks Blues ‘keeper coach Malcolm Webster for that. 

“If Mally says jump, I jump, that is how highly I rate him. I have worked with some good coaches but he’s on a different level,” remarked the Town No.1. 

“When I was at Colchester at 17, 18, I would come here to Ipswich two days a week and train with Mally. He would work with me and the other ‘keepers on getting the fundamentals for a goalkeeper into you. 

“I worked with him for a year and they were ingrained into me, the technical side but he would say they will only stay in there for two or three years if you don’t work at it.  If not, you will forget. 

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“When my contract was up and I became a free agent, Mally rang me up and invited me to train at Ipswich. I told him I wasn’t fit. I wasn’t right. He said it didn’t matter because what I had, I would get back. Within three weeks or so, I was saving balls that I was saving a few years earlier. 

“If I could have chosen a club to go to after Bristol it would have been Ipswich. It’s a great club, I knew that. Mick McCarthy was here but I knew that if anyone was going to get me out of the slump I was in, it was going to be Malcolm Webster. 

“Coming here has turned my career around completely. I have loved my time here and I feel good about being a goalkeeper again." 

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