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Connor: Know the Score!
Tuesday, 9th Jul 2013 09:17

Assistant boss Terry Connor was amused to hear midfielder Luke Hyam’s comments on the tough pre-season workout he and the rest of the squad were put through while in Ireland last week.

On Thursday, four days into the camp at Carton House in Kildare, the 21-year-old tweeted: “Day 4: legs falling off.”

A laughing Connor responded: “Tell Luke Hyam, I’ll tweet back to him ‘It’s pre-season and he knows the score!’.

“We’ve worked hard for two weeks and [fitness coach] Andy Liddell puts them through their paces physically and we still demand when they do their football drills that they do them at top speed, at top whack.

“So, yes, they’re going to feel tired but we’ve tried to mix in the physical work with rest and hopefully we’ll see by 3rd August a team that’s prepared, ready for a full season.”

Connor was set to speak to manager Mick McCarthy – who returned from Ireland early for a charity event and missed Saturday’s Shelbourne friendly - yesterday regarding trialists Dean Gerken and Dan Seaborne. Gerken has been training with Town for a fortnight, while Seaborne was with the squad in Ireland.

As revealed last week, talks had already begun regarding the former Colchester and Bristol City keeper joining the Blues, while Town are also understood to have started discussions with the ex-Southampton central defender regarding a deal at Portman Road.

The duo and new signing Paul Anderson look set to be involved in Wednesday’s pre-season friendly at Crawley (KO 7.45pm).

We understand talks are also continuing between the Blues and Hyam regarding the extension to his contract.

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itfcserbia added 09:44 - Jul 9
What about Berra? Would rather take him instead of Seaborne and add Stearman (I reckon we couldn't take them all because of FFP or something).
Gerken, Berra and Stearman and that's our squad done and dusted then. Or just done, dusted will be when Chopra is mopped up.

Michael11 added 10:22 - Jul 9
One thing that was painfully obvious at the start of last season was that the players were lacking in fitness. I think its massively important to have a fully fit squad to hit the ground running early on. Got a really good feeling about this season. We seem to be moulding a fit, strong, organised team,

JimmyJazz added 10:26 - Jul 9
Agree Michael11, if Hyam thinks this is tough then he's obviously comparing this summer to last summer under Jewell

Simonds92 added 10:39 - Jul 9
To be fair they were tweeting saying similar things last year and the fact that when mick came in and within the first two weeks said that on the pro zone stats we were fitter than the other teams I don't think you can say they were unfit, they were basically just awful.

Earl60 added 11:48 - Jul 9
Hyam, limited ability, not Championship material, but fits perfectly into the current management ethos i.e runs till he drops. Pay the entrance fee to watch Hyam or Jet?
You'll never get a moments magic to remember with Luke

Fatcatevans added 11:58 - Jul 9
And precious few with JET

carlisleaway added 11:58 - Jul 9
Earl60 are you ever happy at what you see at Portman Road, because from reading your comments you should be watching the other team in East Anglia if its pure football you are looking for.

carlisleaway added 11:59 - Jul 9
Earl60 are you ever happy at what you see at Portman Road, because from reading your comments you should be watching the other team in East Anglia if its pure football you are looking for.

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 12:13 - Jul 9
@Michael11, yep. We were fit (again, pro zone stats back that up0, just truly awful (league table backs that up). I am cautiously optimistic we can keep up the form this season.

warktheline added 12:37 - Jul 9
Stats under MM and TC last season, suggest their playing staff were the fittest in the division.Will be the same this term-look at some of the late goals we scored tail-end of last season and points we saved through sheer determination and hard work.Really enjoying being a Town supporter under this duo.

MickMillsTash added 12:38 - Jul 9
You can be as fit as Mo Farah but in a team organised by Jewell and Hutchings you have little chance.
McCarthy knows what he is doing and whilst the football may not be the same as played under Burley I will take a competent organised side over the dross served up since 2008.

SouperJim added 12:50 - Jul 9
Earl60, what point are you trying to make exactly? I like watching my team win and Hyam's tireless effort is vital for the team. We have plenty of players in this squad now capable of "moments of magic to remember", but without a few Luke Hyams to back them up, they are nothing.

warktheline added 12:51 - Jul 9
Spot on MickMillsTash.Watched a couple of dvds from Mick Mills era recently and had forgotten what a good passer of the ball he was.

Guru_of_Ipswich added 13:15 - Jul 9
Earl60, Please tell me one side that has ever won anything with 11 players like JET? For every JET in your side you need 2 Luke Hyams to do the dirty work.

bournemouthblue added 13:31 - Jul 9
@carlisleaway - Norwich played very little 'pure football' last season, let's not go too far

Good luck Van Winklewotsit with Chris Hoofton's direct style of play

tractorboy12341234 added 14:10 - Jul 9
Still think we need one more striker, if Chopra leaves!

theobald1985 added 14:16 - Jul 9
NAH no more strikers got nouble mcgoldirck taylor murphy marriot

we dont need to stockpile them

Hegansheroes added 16:15 - Jul 9
Agree with earl60 or what ever his name is. i do think that JET will flourish in a team that plays football. Sometimes think MM should be a rugby coach cos the way his teams play it looks like they boot the ball upfield to gain territory. Pity the players don't have attitude of rugby players.

Cornish_Bluey added 16:47 - Jul 9
tells me that he doesn't have enough stamina

jas0999 added 17:05 - Jul 9
Concur with comments that we were not lacking fitness at the start of last season. We were just lacking any sort of permanent team and management. I personally like Hyam - you need players like him in your team. But there is no place for both a Hyam and a N'Daw type player in your two central midfield roles. You do need some flair and creativity as well.

SanDiego added 17:57 - Jul 9
Well said Guru.

fifeblue added 18:31 - Jul 9
Earl60 - what an idiot. Hyam is already well capable at this level and eventually will become a great English player in the Premiership, hopefully for Ipswich.

Walk_the_Wark added 19:19 - Jul 9
Hegansheroes - you're right. This manager will get us organised, and maybe even promoted. But we won't play football we want to watch. And he can't hack it at PL level. Sad that so many on here are happy for hoof ball in order to get results.... How far we have fallen.. And before anybody says I live in the past- we could have had Holloway- and guess what he's been promoted again!!! Ask Sir Bobby RIP who he would choose??? We made the wrong choice

Walk_the_Wark added 19:23 - Jul 9
PS. Minus me up!! Seems if you don't lick MM's a**e you get the thumbs down... Low expectations..low intelligence

warktheline added 20:32 - Jul 9
Walk the Wark,can you explain why you feel MM can't hack PL level?Also why would you prefer Holloway?Did Holloway hack it in PL?

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