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Paul Taylor will be like a new signing, says Terry Connor

PUBLISHED: 06:00 05 February 2013

Paul Taylor's taking on a first half chance at The Riverside on Saturday

Paul Taylor's taking on a first half chance at The Riverside on Saturday

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IPSWICH Town assistant boss Terry Connor can’t wait to start working with the club’s first ‘summer signing’.

The Blues paid out £1.5m for Paul Taylor on the penultimate day of last summer’s transfer window, but the forward recruit from Peterborough suffered a serious ankle injury in only his third appearance for the club.

However, he’s now making a steady recovery following surgery. And ex-striker Connor – who scored nearly 100 goals himself during a career at the likes of Leeds, Brighton and Portsmouth – is excited by the prospect of the 25-year-old adding more competition to an already packed strike force.

“He’s doing very well,” said Connor, when asked about Taylor’s progress. “I saw him in the gym the other week and he was doing some pilates!

“He’s down to a little boot now, is doing a lot more and the physio is saying he should be ready for next season. It’s a slow process but he’s on course to be ready.”

He added: “I’m sure he showed glimpses of what he could do when he first came here. All we can hope is he makes a full recovery and can carry on where he left off.

“It will feel like we’ve got a brand new player when he gets back on the training pitch. That will give everybody a lift.”

Previously the lowest scoring side in the Championship, Ipswich’s 4-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Portman Road on Saturday saw them draw level with fellow strugglers Barnsley with 33 goals from 30 games. The result also saw them lose the tag of worst goal difference in the division, drawing level with Peterborough on minus 18.

With 10-goal loanee DJ Campbell having departed, the emphasis is now on January additions David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean – as well as the versatile Daryl Murphy – bagging the all important goals which will keep the Blues clear of the drop zone.

Frank Nouble has been getting some time off the bench, while Michael Chopra has been an unused substitute of late and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas hasn’t even made the squad for the last four games.

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Ipswich Town new boy Dominic Iorfa believes his strongest position, in the long-term, will be centre-back.

Three of Ipswich Town’s summer signings are struggling to be fit for next Saturday’s Championship opener against Birmingham City, at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will be restricted to signing a striker on loan due to the fact the Blues can’t compete financially with some of the ‘bonkers’ transfer fees being spent in the Championship.

Blues fans of all ages have gathered at Portman Road today to meet their heroes ahead of the start of the new season.

Huge queues are building up outside Portman Road this morning for today’s annual Ipswich Town Open Day.

The second tier season starts next Friday, however, clubs are working frantically to add to their squads, ahead of a long campaign. Several deals HAVE already been done though and CHRIS BRAMMER picks out six of the best.

Nearly 60 per cent of Ipswich Town fans would like to see Luke Chambers start in the heart of the Blues defence, alongside Adam Webster, when the Championship season begins next Saturday.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he is prepared to play a waiting game to sign the right striker before the transfer window shuts.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy won’t sacrifice results to satisfy supporters’ thirst for more attractive football at Portman Road this season.

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