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Chopra in Great Shape and Enjoying His Football
Saturday, 25th Aug 2012 06:00

Ipswich striker Michael Chopra insists he is in better shape than he has been for years.

The former Newcastle and Sunderland man, who cost £1 million from Cardiff last year and went on to be Town’s top scorer last term with 15 goals, has already declared he is confident of claiming twice as many over the coming months.

He said: “I am in the best condition I’ve been in for three or four years and I think it shows from the way I’m playing. I’m not just enjoying my football, I’m loving every minute of it, but I still know I must continue to work hard if I’m going to carry on improving.”

Chopra, 28, credits former Olympic rowing champion Steve Williams, a new addition to Paul Jewell’s backroom staff, as one of the reasons why he feels so good after his efforts last season were blighted by the recurrence of a gambling addiction the player admits has cost him £2 million.

He said: “I still consider I’m in rehab and it will never stop. It’s like an illness, something that is in my body, and I just have to take it day by day. I’ll never stop doing what I’m doing. It will always continue because it’s when I’m in the right frame of mind that I play my best football.

“It’s about keeping myself occupied. Steve has come into the club this year and he has been great for me. We’ve spent a lot of time at the gym.

“Luke Chambers has joined from Nottingham Forest and is living at my place until he finds a house of his own. He helps to make sure I never get bored.

“I’m in a better place and I think you can see that from my football. The manager said that to me so he’s pleased. The main thing is to enjoy it. There’s no point in playing football if you are not enjoying it.”

Chopra was delighted to claim his first goal as Town triumphed 1-0 at Watford in midweek – his first in 12 competitive games dating back to the home win over Burnley back in March.

He admitted: “As a striker your first goal of the season is always the hardest to get. Now that I’m off the mark I hope there will be plenty of others to follow.

“I wasn’t aware of that record and it really doesn’t bother me. If the goals come along, so be it, but my main concern is always the team and our results. As long as we are putting points on the board, that’s the main thing.


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townietilidie added 07:22 - Aug 25
Saw Chops and Chambers at the club shop the other day and must say Chops is looking very slimline compared to last season . This season is yours Chops , we know what ya got and we cant wait to see the best of you . I must add what a bloody nice bloke Chamers is too , very happy to have you here Luke . IJWT .... COYB !!!!
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Dissboyitfc added 07:52 - Aug 25
i was really pleased with the acquisition of steve williams, lots of posters on here had a problem with him joining the staff. The team are looking fitter and more up for the challenge than in recent seasons and i am sure there are many reasons for this and williams acquisition is one of those reasons.....COYB
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daniel9624 added 09:50 - Aug 25
You only ha to watch the olympics to see the way those athletes are trained to peak at exactly the right time, if he can bring that to the club then Wlliams will be the signing of the summer
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mattrolow added 09:52 - Aug 25
2 games of the season gone and 2 late goals. Against Blackburn this was attributed to our extra fitness in the last 10 minutes as against Watford we never slowed down, we kept pushing up to the last second. Williams must have had a huge part in this. Rather than conceding late goals like we did last year. We're scoring them and that is a massive change around. Keep it up!
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Garv added 10:18 - Aug 25
Loving the team spirit at the moment!
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chorltonskylineblue added 11:05 - Aug 25
Phil - I thought the fee was more like £650/750K. Have I got that wrong? Thought I'd read it on here somewhere
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