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Harper: We Share the Same Goals
Friday, 25th Jun 2021 20:15

New Blues signing Rekeem Harper says he shares the same goals as the club and manager Paul Cook having joined the Blues from West Brom on a three-year deal with Town having an option for a further season.

TWTD revealed that the move was all but done a fortnight ago with the Baggies finally giving the Blues the go-ahead to announce it today following their appointment of Valerien Ismael as their new manager.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here,” the 21-year-old told iFollow Ipswich. “I feel like it’s a perfect opportunity for me to come and settle in an environment and help a team that share the same goal as me to get to the top in football. I feel like it’s perfect timing for me and I’m excited to be here.”

Regarding his conversations with his new boss Cook, he added: “Paul has been a very lively character, he’s very energetic.

“He told me about his passion for me, where he sees me at the club and, most importantly, his goals.

“We share the same goals. I feel like me, the players that they are going to bring in and Paul can achieve the team goal.

“Paul said he likes to play football. He likes young, hungry and energetic players who like to attack, defend and just be aggressive.

“One of the most important things for me is that he likes to give his players confidence. I feel like, to get the best out of myself, confidence is a massive thing so Paul just sounded like the perfect character.”

He says those share goals were what attracted him to the move from the Baggies: “Definitely. I feel like every player loves ambition, whether that’s their own individual goals or the manager’s goals.

“It’s a driving point and a bit of motivation for the players. It’s exciting times ahead and I’m just very happy and grateful to be a part of it.”

Asked how he would describe himself as a player, he said: “I would describe myself as an energetic player. I love to attack and I love to defend.

“I love to be on the ball and obviously I would like to score more goals and create goals. I feel like they are strengths of mine anyway.

“I’m a fearless player who wants to excite people and bring results to the football club and help the team with whatever I can do on the pitch.”

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Oldboy added 20:25 - Jun 25
Great to have you here. Welcome to ITFC and the future. Looking forward to seeing you light up the league.

northblue added 20:28 - Jun 25
Welcome Rekeem. Just the type of player we need

Edmundo added 20:33 - Jun 25
Over the line and now I reckon we'll have another 2 by Tuesday... I can feel it in my bones. COYB

billlm added 20:34 - Jun 25
Brilliant interview, sounds keen and up for the fight,

ScottCandage added 21:31 - Jun 25
THIS. This is what I want. Passion, confidence, ambition. It's been a while.

itfcasual added 21:42 - Jun 25
Mmmm .... ok .... but he hasn't been here since he was 9 and doesn't come from within a 25 mile radius of Ipswich .... are we sure about this?

More like this please Paul's teeth....

BlueRuin69 added 21:54 - Jun 25
Fantastic! Welcome Rakeem.

ArnieM added 22:26 - Jun 25
Welcome to Ipswich Rakeem….. let’s blast are way back to the Championship, ( rebuild part 1) 👍

Skip73 added 22:51 - Jun 25
Itfcasusual, It is a bit worrying isn't it, as we've been so successful with those types of player in the last few years.
Let's hope we don't sign any foreign players or there could be a full on meltdown

Guthrum added 00:25 - Jun 26
Nice to have an incoming player talking about the qulities and energy he aims to bring to the team, not just us being a big club with good facilities.

el_nino added 07:04 - Jun 26
Sounds like a very sensible and switched on young man. Looking forward to seeing him in action!

PinstripeBlue added 10:40 - Jun 26
“I love to attack and I love to defend” what else could we ask for?

midastouch added 12:58 - Jun 26
If Cook's grin is anything to go by, we've got a good one here! He sounds positive and confident, could be a nice piece of business!

arc added 17:54 - Jun 26
Goals?? Goals from a midfielder?? Is that even allowed? ;-)

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