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Cook: We're Signing Players That Might Have Appeared Out of Reach
Thursday, 29th Jul 2021 13:05

Town boss Paul Cook says the Blues are signing players that might have appeared out of reach for a League One club having made 10 additions already this summer.

Conor Chaplin was the 10th man to arrive at Portman Road on Tuesday, dropping a division from Championship Barnsley, following George Edmundson, who signed from Rangers having previously been the subject of bids from Championship sides including Peterborough and Millwall.

Joe Pigott and Scott Fraser were also understood to have been eyed by Championship clubs.

Town’s first summer signing, Wes Burns, was set to join Coventry on a free transfer until his former club Fleetwood took up an option on his contract, something they hadn’t been expected to do as it raised his wage.

The requirement for a fee priced the Sky Blues out of the deal and Town eventually fought off competition from two more Championship sides, Millwall and Hull City, to land the wideman.

“I can’t thank the board and [CEO] Mark Ashton enough because we are signing players that some might have thought were out of our reach,” Cook told the club site.

“We’ve kept our recruitment standards high this summer and the last two signings, with George and Conor coming in, are further evidence of that.”

The Blues' recruitment drive is far from over with areas of the squad still in need ot strengthening.

Middlesbrough's Hayden Coulson is expected to join on loan, his move to the Blues having been delayed by the lack of left-sided options at Boro at present.

Another central midfielder and a fourth senior central defenders are priorities.

We understand the Blues were approached by representatives of former England man Phil Jagielka enquiring whether they had an interest in the 38-year-old.

However, the former Sheffield United and Everton man is not currently under consideration.

Jagielka has been training and playing for Derby in pre-season despite their transfer embargo with manager Wayne Rooney having said he is keen to sign him once he is able to do so.

Meanwhile, Ipswich Borough Council has given the go-ahead for a 100-bedroom Travelodge hotel close to the Blues’ Portman Road ground on the land currently used as a car park between Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House and the now-closed Better Gym.


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LegendofthePhoenix added 13:10 - Jul 29
A fantastic recruitment campaign so far and great to hear that more are coming. Downside is I guess we're gonna have to get used to that "Chequebook fc" taunt this year.
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Paddy39 added 13:16 - Jul 29
Can't thank the new owner's enough for splashing the cash as they promised to do so. I'm sure Paul Cook will get us out of this Div, but lets be patient. The only bad comment coming out of the Colchester match was the lousy streaming, though they did refund us back £5. Tomas Holy stay between the sticks lol.
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Nottsboy added 13:19 - Jul 29
Who cares about the "Chequebook FC" taunt the club has decided to rebuild and are putting their best foot forward we can always taunt them when they are still in league one bring it on I say.
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markchips added 13:22 - Jul 29
Can't help but feeling Holy's awful performance this week will only accelerate his departure
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buzbyblue added 13:27 - Jul 29
The irony of the chequebook FC taunt though is that after losing 30odd squad members and the stupid wages some were supposed to be on I wouldn't mind betting even after these 10 signings the books are better than last season!!!!
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ImAbeliever added 13:50 - Jul 29
Been thinking the same busby (hope we’re right)
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ChrisFelix added 13:56 - Jul 29
Buzbyblue, I suspect you are spot on. The wages of Judge, Sears exskuse & captain Calamity would add up to several thousand a week.
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itfcasual added 14:00 - Jul 29
@buzbyblue
You're right.

We've spent £500k on Harper and unknown amounts on Burns, Fraser, Chaplin, Hladky and Edmundson. If we assumed an average fee of £500k we are in the ball park of £3M spent.

We've got £1M in from the sale of Dozzell and offloaded about 15 senior pros, so we are about 5 senior wages in credit at the current time.

This is canny recruitment and good use of money. So refreshing to see after watching the sqaundering of our Premiership cash, and the initial Evans investment by useless managers.

The thinking looks like it is joined up from the Manager to the CEO to the Chariman and the owners. A strategy that we can actually see. Amazing.

With any luck we'll be able to score a few goals and win some football matches too.
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Bazza8564 added 14:00 - Jul 29
Way back in the day other clubs took the P*** about our farming heritage, we responded by renaming ourselves Tractor Boys. It soon stopped and the TB era was born.

If people want to talk about cheque-books, we should get out ahead of it and start singing it ourselves.

"Cooks got a huge chequebook, in his hands,
Hes got another cup of coffee, in his hands,
We got the best CEO sitting in the stands,

Someone finish that off ive lost the plot :)




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Help added 14:17 - Jul 29
Bazza

We got the best team in the land

Or

We got the quietest of home fans

Or

We are off to the promised land
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ringwoodblue added 14:17 - Jul 29
How about…

We’re going back to the promised lands
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ringwoodblue added 14:18 - Jul 29
Help - You got there before me!
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Help added 14:19 - Jul 29
Bazza

We got the best team in the land

Or

We got the quietest of home fans

Or

We are off to the promised land

Or

Cookie take us to the promised land
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midastouch added 14:20 - Jul 29
@ Bazza8564
Finish it off with...

We've got Promotion in our hands.

Or:

We've got League One in our hands.

Or:

We've got the whole League in our hands.

Or stick with the original and simply end with:

We've got the whole world in our hands.
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midastouch added 14:21 - Jul 29
Like the Promised Land ending! :-)
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algarvefan added 14:21 - Jul 29
Bazza don't give up the day job lol
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Bluedocker added 14:23 - Jul 29
I actually said to someone yesterday we should go for Phil Jagielka yeah he's 38 but they wealth of experience he can pass onto woolfeden and the fridge as rangers fans called Edmundson..
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1980sboy added 14:23 - Jul 29
Love the chant ideas! Best way to silence the envious, mickey takers is to do it yourself 👍
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Wooly74 added 14:25 - Jul 29
We’ve got a huge chequebook in our hands,
We’ve got the best CEO in the land,
We’ve got passion fans in our stands
We are back off to the promised lands

Repeat

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Help added 14:26 - Jul 29
Sorry phone issues
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Brazils_Hair added 14:29 - Jul 29
Bazza, I remember exactly what you mean about the Tractor Boy comment. We were playing Chelsea at home about 20 years ago. They were singing Tractor songs to us. We then scored against them and then they had 30,000 Ipswich fans shouting 'one nil to the Tractor Boys'. Chelsea didn't like the irony of going down one nil to a 'provincial' side like us. We took the sting out of their tail and owned the song/chant ourselves. Great days. I also remember that Jim Magilton wasn't too keen on it originally, but he got used to it. Jim was brilliant then. When he played for us first off he was on loan to us. He played so well for us that whenever he got the ball the whole North Stand used to shout 'Sheepshanks, get your chequebook out' towards the Directors box. Sure enough we bought him shortly after.
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BangaloreBlues added 14:29 - Jul 29
@ Help.

You need help with your keyboard buttons - they seem to keep entering the same message.

Yes, things are looking great, let's hope they can gel as a team rapidly.
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Wooly74 added 14:37 - Jul 29
Or

We’ve got a huge check book in our hands
Passionate tractor fans in our stands
We’ve signed championship players in our plans
Yes, we’re off to the promised lands
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Wooly74 added 14:38 - Jul 29
Or

We’ve got a huge check book in our hands
Passionate tractor fans in our stands
We’ve signed championship players in our plans
Yes, we’re off to the promised lands
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ipswich134 added 14:44 - Jul 29
The tractor boys got a new name !
Oh .. what’s the new name ?
We are the Tractor Cheque Book FC…
We are the Tractor Cheque Book FC…
We are found a new GameChanger and a new Ed Sponsor !
Be afraid now be afraid now…..
Tractor Cheque Book FC here we come !
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