He has made no secret of his international ambitions but accepts that with Joe Hart firmly established as England's regular number one, Ruddy already in the squad and other good young keepers around, he will need to be patient.
“I'll keep challenging for that place, keep putting my name forward until I retire”
"Obviously Jack Butland's there and you've got a few in our league like Jason Steele (of Middlesbrough) and Alec Smith, who's at Huddersfield.
"People talk about English keepers being rare but I think people will see this season in the Championship that there's some good goalkeepers out there - (David) Stockdale was here last year and he'll be chomping at the bit as well," he said.
"That's not my priority at the moment, if I put the performances in for Town, play well and hopefully get us to where we belong, then that's just an added bonus."
Loach lived in Ipswich as a child and believes his return to Suffolk will give his career - and his international prospects - a fresh start after six years with Watford.
"Whether I'm third or fourth choice, or just get in the (England) squad every now and again, I'll never give up on it.
"I'll keep challenging for that place, keep putting my name forward until I retire," he added.
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