Keane cool on Wickham praise

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Roy Keane is refusing to get carried away with teenage hero Connor Wickham - despite the striker netting his first Championship goal as Ipswich pipped Scunthorpe 1-0.

The 16-year-old, who is due to sign his first professional contract when he turns 17 on March 13, netted his first league goal for the club in injury-time winner to settle a poor contest that saw Ipswich's Damien Delaney and Scunthorpe captain Cliff Byrne sent off.

"I'm pleased for Connor," said Keane. "I had a feeling he might have an influence on the game. I was surprised by the way it opened up for him and it was a good time to score. But it remains to be seen if he's a natural finisher. We'll know in the next few years."

Wickham has been linked with a host of Premier League big guns and, when asked if there was a chance his young star could be poached, Keane said: "There's always a danger. He hasn't given me a promise but his dad and agent have been speaking to the chairman and chief executive.

"All I can do is keep him involved and hopefully the contract will take care of itself. We believe this a good club to learn your trade at but I live in the real world and there's always dangers out there.

"There are pitfalls for lots of players, whether it be other clubs coming in, women, drugs or bad injuries. That's why I've never been one for getting carried away with Connor."

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