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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."

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kuyski added 18:29 - Jan 30
Anthony just do your best and we must fully support you.LISTEN!dont give too much pressure to yourself,enjoy here boy.

blueblood66 added 18:32 - Jan 30

Cakeman added 18:40 - Jan 30
Very pleased with this. He has been a stand out player for col u for a couple of years and has a good goal scoring ratio for a midfielder. Welcome aboard Woody.

gypo added 18:53 - Jan 30
Chora I thought we've signed a south Korean then

Michael11 added 18:55 - Jan 30

Great call about Hammill, reckon he'd be a good signing!

muccletonjoe added 19:07 - Jan 30
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

Cakeman added 19:08 - Jan 30
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.

punch_bowl added 19:15 - Jan 30
Taxi for Mr Martin!

TimmyH added 19:16 - Jan 30
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.

wairey added 19:16 - Jan 30
finally a permanent deal (not that the loan of stearman is a bad thing) which will add some depth/competition to central midfield :) COYB!

truthhurts added 19:30 - Jan 30
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

planetblue_2011 added 19:45 - Jan 30
Brilliant news great player welcome aboard words!!
We do need the spark to come from somewhere and hopefully your the MAN.

ShropshireBluenago09 added 20:00 - Jan 30
Sounds good, just what we need - lets give him a game straight away so he hits the ground running, not like the likes of Stephenson.

petermorris added 20:07 - Jan 30
Welcome Wordsworth. Speedy Beatnik hipster dude.

TimmyH added 20:21 - Jan 30
I wandered lonely as a cloud over hills and vales in an attempt to get us a goal from midfield...(Wordsworth Feb 13').

tim added 20:54 - Jan 30
kristen stewart + beard - long hair = Anthony Wordsworth

Lennyboy added 21:16 - Jan 30
irshtim, I hope he does become a legend and I'm glad we have a permanent signing at last. Talking of legends, I said Hello to Mick Mills in Sainsbury today; he was shopping with his missus. COYB

theobald1985 added 21:24 - Jan 30
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

budgieplucker added 21:59 - Jan 30
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.


bluesman added 22:05 - Jan 30
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

blueherts added 22:11 - Jan 30
Two new signings two new beards - happy daze at the Town
Great to sign a midfielder and not a striker or defender - now for a keeper and a winger - preferably with plenty o facial hair

R_LAMB3 added 00:40 - Jan 31
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.

blueherts added 00:53 - Jan 31
Adam Hamill - good footballer , but not sure he started alot of games when Mick was at Wolves

SamWhiteUK added 08:00 - Jan 31

dirtydingusmagee added 09:40 - Jan 31
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

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