Jamie’s fighting for a new deal

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JAMIE Griffiths has his fingers crossed his next ‘X-Factor moment’ at Portman Road ends like the first, as he looks to earn himself a second professional contract.

But the former Great Cornard schoolboy faces a race against time to recover from a nasty back injury to impress new Ipswich manager Paul Jewell, who is yet to see him play.

The young midfielder, who made his debut against Northampton Town in the last 16 of the Carling Cup this season, said he is hoping to make the 32 shirt — still synonymous with fans’ favourite Shefki Kuqi — remembered for his ability.

Speaking to the Free Press, the 19-year-old, who was living in Ipswich with rising England star Connor Wickham last season, said: “The first half of the season I was really pleased with, I thought I was doing really well. I obviously made my debut (October 26), so I was playing well and pushing on.”

But a double stress fracture in his back could have not come at a worse time, with Roy Keane getting sacked and Paul Jewell now in charge of deciding his future having yet to see him play a game, meaning Griffiths faces a nervous wait on medical results.

He said: “I don’t know how long it will be but I have another scan in a couple of weeks and I will know more then.

“He (Paul Jewell) hasn’t seen me play in a game because I have been injured since just before he got here.

“I just have to concentrate on getting fit before the end of the season really and go from there, hopefully impressing him (Paul Jewell). He has been at every reserve game with all the coaches, so it is a good time to impress,” said Bury St Edmunds-born Griffiths, who was cleaning Alan Quinn’s boots last season.