FORMER Great Cornard schoolboy Jamie Griffiths hopes his decision to move on loan from Ipswich Town to Plymouth Argyle will prove to be the best decision of his fledging career.
With the 19-year-old only having been given a six-month contract at Ipswich at the start of the season, he had no hesitation in joining the troubled League Two club when Paul Jewell told him of the offer on transfer deadline day last Wednesday.
Griffiths, who is initially at Home Park for one month, told the Free Press: “I went out training with the Ipswich squad as usual and came in on lunch and was called into his (Jewell’s) office and he said Plymouth had come in for me and that was it, I wanted to go and play football and get experience.”
The midfielder, who was recruited by Ipswich after a scout spotted him playing for Cornard Dynamos when he was eight-years-old, made his Football League debut on Saturday, coming on as a 70th-minute substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion. And ahead of Saturday’s home game with Port Vale he can’t wait to get another taste of first-team football under Peter Reid.
“I just want to come here and play games and get experience of being in matchday squads,” he said.
Griffiths, whose parents live in Great Cornard, is now experiencing life a long way from home for the first time, but has ex-Ipswich team-mate Conor Hourihane for company after he was snapped up by the Pilgrims in the close season.
And Griffiths walked into a strange situation at the club, with the players having not been paid and considering not playing at Burton in protest, until a satisfactory agreement was reached at the 11th hour.
“I was coming down and I did not fully understand how bad the situation was,” he said. “I knew people had not been paid but all the lads have got on with it and that is all you can do.”