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Wordsworth Grateful to Colchester and Dunne
Saturday, 2nd Feb 2013 06:04

Anthony Wordsworth has thanked Colchester – and in particular boss Joe Dunne – for their part in his progress.

Ipswich’s new signing, who cost an initial £100,000 rising to £200,000, admitted it was a wrench to quit the Essex club that played such a big part in his life and career.

Wordsworth, who made a total of 199 appearances and scored 35 goals for the U’s, said: “I’d been there since I was 16 years old. I love the club and I’m grateful for everything they have done for me in the past. But I’m an individual and when this opportunity came along, obviously I had to take it.

“I remember making my debut at Shrewsbury in a Carling Cup tie in August 2007 when I was 18 and then playing my first Championship match, when Colchester were in that division, against Cardiff.

“That’s pretty much it but I scored some good goals along the way and I had a good relationship with the fans. They were the highlights, plus scoring many goals against Southend in the Essex derby games.”

Wordsworth had an eight-year association with manager Dunne, who succeeded John Ward earlier this season and has a battle on his hands to prevent the club being relegated to League Two.

He added: “Joe’s the one who signed me when I was in the youth team and I was with him since I was 16. He’s the one who’s coached me until now. I think I owe Joe a lot, even for him to let me come here. He knew it was a big opportunity for me so I have to thank him for that.

“With the group of lads they have at Colchester – they are a hard-working bunch – although results haven’t gone too well they will be doing everything they can to put that right.

"They just need a goalscorer and they’ve got that now with Jabo Ibehre coming back, so I think they’ll be fine. They’ve definitely got the right man in charge.”

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