our Matt pictured with Ipswich Town manager Roy at Turners Cross.

When Keane met Keane: our Matt pictured with Ipswich Town manager Roy at Turners Cross.

Ipswich Town will play the waiting game as Roy Keane looks ahead to assembling his squad for the new season.

The club have been linked with at least a dozen players already, many of them from Keane’s former club Sunderland or youngsters at Manchester United, where he spent 13 years.

Roy won’t be drawn on the media speculation and although he has made it clear he wants to add to his squad, especially after releasing nine players, he says the club wont be rushed into signings.

“Media speculation is all part of the game and we are always going to get linked to this player and that player and I’m sure it will carry on all summer,” he said at the Munster Senior Cup final last week.

“It’s important that we bring in the right characters for the football club. I like to know a little bit about their personalities. Attitude is more important than ability in many respects now.

“To play professional football, you are going to have a decent level of talent anyway, but to get to the very top and have a long and successful career; you have to have a good attitude and a real determination to improve yourself every day.”

Ipswich Town are fourth favourites to be promoted behind the three relegated outfits, West Brom, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough.

One of the players Keane has been linked with is former Waterford United striker, Daryl Murphy. Mick McCarthy signed Murphy when he was the manager of Sunderland and Roy Keane extended his contract at the Stadium of Light when he replaced McCarthy.

So it’s looking like a case of ‘watch this space’ regarding Daryl Murphy’s future.