Naylor is a TRUE blue!

Last updated : 24 January 2006 By Russell Claydon
Naylor: a true legend with the fans!
Naylor, or Bam-bam as he is know in the training ground and the stands, is the longest serving player currently on Ipswich's books. He has now been playing at Portman Road for a decade, which means he is currently in his testimonal year.

With players moving so frequently with short-term contracts dominating football, testimonals could almost become exticnt in the game but Naylor is relishing the prospect of his, which has been pencilled in for Septemeber 12th. Naylor's testimonial will be against the 2000 play-off final winning side that he was such a part of. Naylor came off the bench to score a memorble goal in the last domestic game to be stage at the old Wembley stadium.

Bam-bam told the club website: "My current deal takes me into my early 30s but I hope to be able to play a lot of football after that

"If there was a contract there to sign until 36, I'd sign it right now and get it done now. I'd sign for life.

"I really enjoy playing for this football club and if it turns out that I spend my whole career here than that would suit me fine.

"I've signed shorter deals over the last few years, probably because of my injuries and playing a new position, so it is understandable.

"My latest contract (until summer 2009) gives me some security and that's a weight off my mind, especially with a young family to look after."

The 28 year old has been in sensational form of late, putting in some outstanding performances alongside Jason De Vos.