Wordsworth: Right Time to Step Up Wednesday, 30th Jan 2013 16:44
New Blues signing Anthony Wordsworth believes now is the right time for him to make the step up to the Championship. The 24-year-old, who has signed from League One Colchester for a fee believed to be in the region of an initial £100,000, has put pen to paper on a contract until the summer of 2015 with the option of a further season.
Wordsworth told the club site: “I’m obviously delighted to be here. It’s a big challenge and a big opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get going.
“I had opportunities to move last January but this feels the right time and the right club to make that step up.
“I can remember playing here for Colchester in a pre-season game a few years back and looking around the place and thinking what a big club Ipswich is and now I’m relishing the opportunity I’ve got here.”
The central midfielder, who operated as a winger earlier in his career, confirmed that he had trained with Town earlier in the month while unable to play for the U’s due to a ban.
“I was suspended for Colchester so took the opportunity to train with Ipswich and talk to the manager here,” he continued.
“I felt the three days had gone well and I left my boots at the training ground hoping I would be going back there!
“There was talk of other clubs being interested in me, but Ipswich was the only club that I wanted to join and I’m delighted I have been given the chance to show what I can do.”
The Londoner paid tribute to Colchester, where he started his career: "I was there a long time and enjoyed my time at the club over the years and, after eight years, I felt that this is the right time for me to go.
"Colchester is a brilliant club, and I can't speak highly enough of everybody there. They gave me my opportunity in professional football and I will always be grateful for that in the years to come."
Never seen him play , but lets just hope he is better than we have already got , at least he still has the potential to be a good signing , what we need now more than anything are fighters and 100% players , the next 3 months are going to be a very rough ride
Early days I know but I am more optimistic about next season already. Get Taylor fit and with Woody in the team as well we should have plenty of movement and crosses coming in to provide the ammunition for our strikers. Something we have not had for a long time.
All the best Anthony, not sure if he'll get in the starting line up just yet though. On another note I felt we should have waited on this and maybe put a bid in for David Perkins (another ex-Colchester player) now pulling the strings at Barnsley.
Really pleased with this signing; creative midfielder at last. Appears his best position is centre midfield which is ideal. Lack creativity there and lack goal threat there. Hopefully he will supply both those things.
Play him in centre alongside Hyam (who is more of a holding player) and it could be start of a good and youthful partnership
Don't think he will threaten Martin as play (mostly) in different positions. That isn't to say Martin doesn't needs to buck his ideas up however
great signing can be midfield lynchpin for years him and hyam could be great with one sitting and one breaking. Jon_456 idiotic unhelpfull comment re lee martin and wordsworth is best through the middle so it seems mick has chosen not to replace lee martin which tells you something....if you know better how about being bols enough to come on hear and openly state you know better than mick lets get behind our team COYB
A good addition to the squad, let's be patient with him please.
Despite our recent results I like what I see in terms of strategy for building for the future, there will I am sure be a few twist and turns before the end of the season, and the teams below us are all capable of going on a run, equally the teams above us are all capable of being sucked into the dog fight. Excluding the out of contract summer players we already have a nucleus of a good hungry young squad for next year and Mick will have a lot of latitude in rebuilding the squad to his liking especially with any experienced pros he would like to bring in, who I am sure will be the right character and earn their crust.
With only 24 hours to go I think the window would be complete for us if:
1) Carson & JET are found loan clubs where they can get games for the rest of the season and therefore be given the challenge to prove that they have desire, hunger and ability to make a difference to their respective loan teams and therefore come back next season as serious contenders for inclusion in the 18/20 man match day squad.
2) We capture the young 19 year old German Thomas Eisfeld on loan from Arsenal, he is comfortable playing as a winger down either flank, in an advanced midfield role or a withdrawn striker. He is a busy player who makes intelligent runs into the box and has goals in his locker and has been described by some at Arsenal as potentially the next Cesc Fabregas. If we were to capture Thomas then that would complete our domestic loan compliment meaning that if we were to acquire a third keeper then this would have to be a permanent signing or we would have to get Hull to take Arron Mclean back to accommodate a loan goalkeeper.
I wandered lonely as a cloud But Ipswich has no dales or hills Just a roaring, loyal crowd And Wordsworth with his passing skills; Beside the pitch Mick's hoping he's The answer, crafting goals with ease
Please all you knockers waiting to run this lad down the first chance you get. Have a bit of patients with him because its a bit of a step up playing in the championship and getting used to the faster pace. I am sure he we be a great signing for Town and maybe a future captain but just give him a chance to settle in. Some people were not sure about Mick McCarthy when he first joined us but he has proved his point over the few weeks he has been here and Wordsworth will do the same. Let Mick do his job and the players do their job and lets do our job and get behind them and cheer them on through the good times and the bad. Their are to many partime supporters around at the moment who only sing when we are winning.
Welcome to Town Ant,a decent young player,and he looks to have ambition, not like some who are over paid over rated ,and think they ARE the dogs do da's .He will need a bit of time to settle to championship probably,hope that he is allowed that and not crucified every slip,by the element of supporters who expect all new signings to be world class . I think Big Mick, is doing well with his very limited resources. COYB