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Lankester: Definitely the Time to Make a Change
Friday, 2nd Jul 2021 10:07

Former Blues midfielder Jack Lankester, who joined Cambridge United a week ago, says everyone knew that this was the right time to make a change in his career and depart Portman Road.

The Bury St Edmunds-born 21-year-old had been with the club since he was an U7.

He has signed a two-year contract with the U's having moved for an undisclosed fee with the deal including a sell-on.

“It’s hard to let go where you grew up,” he told Cambridgeshire Live. “I’ve been there since I was a little kid, and made lots of friends along the way, but I think it’s definitely the time in my career to switch it up, make a change, and I don’t think there’s a better place than here.

“I’ve been injured for a while and I’ve lacked game time over the last two or three seasons since I burst through. I think it’s definitely the time, and I think everyone knew that, people at Ipswich and elsewhere.

“I needed to come and play somewhere I’m going to get games, and get a platform to express myself, which I haven’t done for the last two years. He [Cambridge manager Mark Bonner] made that an option for me.

“When I first broke through, I played a few games in the Championship. Obviously that’s where I want to get to, I want to get to as high as possible as a player and as an individual, and I think this is a great platform to go and do that.”

Like the Blues Cambridge, who were promoted to League One at the end of last season, have returned to prepare for the campaign ahead.

“We’ve had a great start [to pre-season], I think everyone’s looking good, and it’s good to be here,” he added.

“It always helps when there is a good group of lads, and I think it’s helped that they’re on such a high after last season, so it’s been really easy to settle in.

“Everyone’s full of confidence and on a good buzz. Everyone gets on with each other really well.

“Looking at last year, how well they did, how many wins they got, and scoring lots of goals, it’s definitely something that attracted me to come here. It’s exciting time for the club.

“The sky’s the limit at the moment. They’ve obviously come up, and we don’t know what we’re going to be facing this year. Every game we’ll be going into on a clean slate, and I think it’s really exciting.”

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Rootshall91 added 10:11 - Jul 2
Sad it didn’t work out for him at Portman Road but hope he goes on to have a prolific time at Cambridge so we get a decent sell on fee.

CrockerITFC added 10:14 - Jul 2
See ya later Lanky

bobbyramsey added 10:15 - Jul 2
Good luck Jack.

Linkboy13 added 10:22 - Jul 2
Has got ability but needs to show a far better attitude. Footballers career is very short hope he doesn't waste it.

Suffolkboy added 10:27 - Jul 2
A very mature sensible look at the absolute realities of the immediate future at ITFC ,where the emphasis is on re- structuring the first team squad , achieving a different balance between experience and physicality ,with stamina and competitive fitness to the fore .
Finding , or allowing ,space for budding youngsters will be well in the background for a while ,so JL has articulated clearly and objectively .

Monkey_Blue added 10:54 - Jul 2
Linkboy13…. What evidence do you have that he has a bad attitude?

shakytown added 10:55 - Jul 2
Like a few others needed to get out of his comfort zone. Hope he does well in the future and has a successful career.

midastouch added 10:56 - Jul 2
After listening to the following YouTube video I can understand how Jack felt it was the right time to move on. Alan Lee mentions about working with Flynn Downes and Jack Lankester.

Wishing Jack the best of luck at Cambridge.

The above podcast is excellent. Alan Lee is very frank and talks highly of Paul Cook and Mick McCarthy. The above is part 2. There is a part 1 as well.

Monkey_Blue added 10:56 - Jul 2
SuffolkBoy. Sadly you are correct regarding routes to the first team for the academy players at the moment. If you are Bryan Klug you might be wondering about your future.

Monkey_Blue added 11:01 - Jul 2
shakytown. He’s hardly been in a comfort zone!! He’s been injured and this season playing non league football. Not exactly the career highlights.

BeattiesBackPocket added 11:26 - Jul 2
Monkey blue Alan Lee is one person who mentioned his poor attitude that’s from a professional about time you budgie fans got on your own page you’re so boring and negative you must be the soul and life at parties 🙄

Monkey_Blue added 11:29 - Jul 2
How long since Alan Lee coached him? Most teenagers have an attitude, I know I have a teenage son.
Loved the Alan Lee interview. Your Budgies comment is the equivalent to “anyone who doesn’t blindly agree with me is my enemy”. Grow up

Monkey_Blue added 11:29 - Jul 2
How long since Alan Lee coached him? Most teenagers have an attitude, I know I have a teenage son.
Loved the Alan Lee interview. Your Budgies comment is the equivalent to “anyone who doesn’t blindly agree with me is my enemy”. Grow up

Karlosfandangal added 11:35 - Jul 2
For me League one told us so much about the Ipswich Academy.

You read articles about players and they say things like England U19,U21,U23. If these players are ever going to play for England they would be tearing League One apart.

Downes, Dozzell,Lankaster,Bishop all looked very Ordinary to me and it’s sad they did not or don’t make it at Town. It’s the right time for them to move on because I can never see them turning Town in to League 1 Campions and pushing the club up the Chqmpionship.

Players like Toney showed they were too good for League 1 and even the Championship. They are the players Town need, the fight the attitude to succeed.

The only one for me was Dobra

However if they are not given the right environment to succeed they never will reach those heights.
The hard reset is what the club needs.
Hope these lads do well and the club will learn by possible their mistakes


markchips added 11:52 - Jul 2
Just had a quick total up. Cook is going to struggle to get a side out if you take away the 4 banished to the under 23s and the youngsters like Ndaba. I wonder if his statement this week is a slight change of heart because the financial constraints are making it more difficult to bring new players in that will cost a fee.

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:06 - Jul 2
Monkey blue grow up? Lol. You’re the one of the only people i know thinks last seasons team was good enough to go up even though most are now in league two 😂😂 youre random mumblins actually crack me up tbh as you have no real fact on anything you ever say fact is those players you say were good enough have now been shown up that they weren’t that’s how much your opinion matters

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:08 - Jul 2
Monkey blue You think last season players were good enough but won’t even give ANY of these new players, owners, manager a chance that’s why I think you support Norwich because you clearly don’t support Ipswich show me one positive comment from you?? I’ll wait. Any post positive you ignore. You’re like a fly at a bbq!

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:10 - Jul 2
Monkeyblue and neither manager Lambert or cook could do anything with the team we had and they’re more qualified than me or you hence the professionals at the club are getting rid

Dog added 12:56 - Jul 2
I hate all this attitude rubbish. One ex pro has said it - whoopee. Alan Lee - the same professional who used to smoke behimd the club's back.

Stop believing all the spin that is coming out and make your own opinions. Lankester was a good player and hopefully with a run of games will get back to where he was at ipswich and have a decent career.

Lightningboy added 13:04 - Jul 2
Yet another of our long list of “promising youngsters” who either through endless injuries or poor attitude have not lived up to the hype.

Klugg must be scratching his head as to why so many of these have failed.

KernewekBlue added 14:20 - Jul 2

I don't think anyone is of the mind that not agreeing with you makes you their enemy.

As has been said before, you're entitled to your opinion but the vast majority of people don't see it your way and it gets irksome to read the constant moans and groans you subject us to.

The simple truth of the matter is this...

Every post you bother to share is tinged with negativity. You're a black cloud with absolutely no silver lining. You seem to find fault with everyone and everything and it grinds people down to the point where they wish you'd just b*gger off and go and cry in a corner on your own.

Can you see nothing positive happening at the club now that the takeover has gone through?

Are you incapable of finding something uplifting to say?

Are you not even the tiniest bit enthused that, at long last, our success-starved fanbase has something to cheer about?

Do you begrudge every Town fan the right to be optimistic about the much needed rebuild?

If only you would lighten up a bit and try to find something less negative to say, I'm sure you would feel a bit better about yourself, as would others.

I don't class you as being as bad as BettyBlue, who is the biggest troll on this site but, it wouldn't hurt you to think a little more about what you post up here.


runaround added 14:47 - Jul 2
Good luck Jack

Help added 16:12 - Jul 2
@ Markchips, or is it possible that some players might now realise that they are not wanted by anyone else and they have a decision to make. You have been put in the window and no-one has come in for you. What does that say about you as a player. Prove yourself here or sink even further in your footballing career.

drewcudders1963 added 16:31 - Jul 2
Poor decision to release him.... quality player who struggled with a couple of serious injuries... hardly his fault ! Was worth a season of "show us what you can do son" before rejecting him... Hope he has a good career after leaving us.....

drewcudders1963 added 16:32 - Jul 2
Poor decision to release him.... quality player who struggled with a couple of serious injuries... hardly his fault ! Was worth a season of "show us what you can do son" before rejecting him... Hope he has a good career after leaving us.....

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