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Sears: Difficult Season for Me
Wednesday, 9th May 2018 17:34

Striker Freddie Sears has admitted 2017/18 was a difficult campaign for him but is pleased to be going into the summer having netted a goal in each of the final two matches.

Sears, 28, hadn’t scored for 38 matches stretching back to the end of the previous season before he found the net in the 4-0 win at Reading and then opened the scoring during Sunday’s final game of the season 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

“It was a difficult season for me personally,” the former West Ham man told iFollow Ipswich.

“I think it was frustrating for a number of reasons but mainly because I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked to and also because I wasn’t scoring goals.

“But to get on the scoresheet in the last two games was important and the season I’ve had made it that bit more special.

“It was something that I needed and finishing on a high will give me some confidence going into the break.

“The season was tough for the whole squad, though and while we’re looking forward to a rest now, we’ll be desperate to get back at it when next season comes around.”

Speaking in March, the January 2015 signing from Colchester admitted he might have to consider a move away from Portman Road this summer in order to play more regularly.

“I want to be playing, scoring and achieving stuff. It’s a decision I’ll have to make and we’ll see what happens,” he said.

“I’m not saying that I’m going to be leaving – that’s not the case. But we all think about our future and there will be some other boys also thinking about what they’re going to do.

“I’ve still got next year left on my contract here and I’m happy here, so let’s wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Paul Hurst remains the favourite for the Town manager’s job at 2-1 with Bet Victor - and 7-4 odds-on with SkyBet - with his current club Shrewsbury in action in the first leg of the League One play-offs against Charlton at the Valley on Thursday (Sky Sports Football 7.30pm).

Former Blues striker Shefki Kuqi is Bet Victor's second-favourite at 8-1, Simon Grayson, who has just left Bradford City after a short spell, is at 8-1 and Mark Warburton and St Mirren boss Jack Ross are at 10-1.

Ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood, who TWTD revealed had been interviewed for the Blues vacancy on Monday, is at 12-1.

The 49-year-old is understood to have impressed Marcus Evans but is believed to want to change the current management structure, something the Blues owner said he wasn’t looking to do in his recent iFollow Ipswich interview.

The largely negative reaction from fans to the news that Sherwood was in the running will also have been noted with the club keen to build bridges with supporters after the fractious last couple of seasons under Mick McCarthy.

Former Town manager George Burley, Paul Cook, who yesterday signed a new four-year deal with Wigan, Frank Lampard and Tony Mowbray are all at 16-1.

Elsewhere, former Blues defender Josh Yorwerth, 23, has been named Crawley Town’s Young Player of the Season for 2017/18.

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Swn98 added 14:40 - May 11
Well said Cat the man thinks hes the blue messiah.

blueboy1981 added 14:45 - May 11
cat ........ and you, and your fellas too. You all should know by now where the down button is, that's one sure thing, that applies to you all.

Repercussions coming my way ? - I think NOT ..... !!!

blueboy1981 added 14:48 - May 11
........ the emphasis being - ' Birds of a Feather flock together' - the operative word being 'birds'.

Quite simply I do not wish to waste any more of my time on such individuals, or as a group.

Be seeing ya - ALL of your little gaggle.

cat added 15:12 - May 11
Blueboy - self proclaimed ‘queen bee’ of TWTD (Lol). Yet again you are factually well off the mark as per, I’m my own man on here and don’t roll with any particular herd, neither am I hot on that minus button, but I’ve made an exception with you for no other reason than your hyprocrital 360 degree turnaround from the ‘merchant of doom’ to all things positive ITFC. Get your facts and believes together and stick to them, cause your coming across like a right plank.

blueboy1981 added 18:13 - May 11
cat ....... I made it clear to you and your gaggle, that I do not wish to waste my time, or life, debating pathetic issues with the likes of you people.
You're all one trick Ponies, blinded / brainwashed by McCarthy - he's GONE - accept it and move on.

NOTE: - All without calling you, or your colleagues, 'planks' or 'idiots' - why ? - because I am different, and PROUD of it.

Have a good sleep, you may feel better in the morning. Time is a great healer.

Goodnight and Goodbye - to all your pathetic statements, and views. This forum / site is for far, far, better debate for people who can be constructive and factual in their views.

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