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.
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 261 bloggers
No More Heroes Any More by ElephantintheRoom
It’s fair to say that the Marcus Evans era has seen a bit of a change in the way the club is run. For instance, the now scarcely-credible, revolving door recruitment policy.
The 'Tinpot' East Anglian Derby by BradLloyd
Other fans from other clubs have referred to the East Anglian derby has tinpot but fans of Ipswich Town and Norwich City will tell you a very different story.
Strange, Surreal and Spectacularly Silly Signings by ElephantintheRoom
It’s 30 years since the startling signing of Sergei Baltacha, the first Soviet to play in English football.
Thoughts From Villa Park by timjwoodall
Villa Park on Saturday was my first game of the season, having spent the last seven months out of the country. As such, I thought it would be an opportune moment to share some thoughts on the team.
Beware the Man With a Plan by ElephantintheRoom
“I love it when a plan comes together”, a gurning George Peppard was fond of saying every week on that cult 80s TV show, The A-Team.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]