‘My motto is to strike when the iron’s hot’ - Harrison steps up to Championship at perfect time
PUBLISHED: 20:53 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 20:59 23 July 2018
New Ipswich Town striker Ellis Harrison is ready to ‘strike while the iron’s hot’ and make his mark in the Championship.
The 24-year-old Welshman completed his move to Portman Road this evening, arriving for an initial £750,000 and signing a two-year contract with the option for a third.
He is likely to be involved at MK Dons tomorrow night and can’t wait to get started.
“I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get going,” he said.
“I met the lads this morning and hopefully I can play a bit tomorrow and train with the lads until the start of the season.
“I’ll be totally honest with you, not a lot,” Harrison added when asked how much he knew about Ipswich Town.
“I know they’re a massive club with a massive following. My old assistant manager Marcus Stewart was here and he always says how great the club is.
“It’s the fact I will be playing Championship football and the chance of promotion, always, at such a big club.
“My motto is always ‘strike when the iron’s hot’ and I think now’s the right time for me to push on and try and see where I can get in my career.
“The lads are amazing. I met the captain Luke Chambers and he’s been really welcoming as have the rest of the lads.”
Harrison has come up against Hurst during their days competing in League One, with the new Ipswich forward admitting his manager’s Shrewsbury team was ‘horrible’ to play against.
“Everyone is going to work hard to impress the new manager and now’s the right time,” he said.
“Just because the gaffer’s brought me in doesn’t mean I’m going to play so I have to show him what I can do.
“Playing against the gaffer’s team at Shrewsbury’s last year was horrible because they are so fit and so strong. Hopefully we can be that team this year.
“I’ll bring hard work to the team. I like to chip in with goals here and there but I’ll be bringing hard work.”
Harrison will wear the No.10 shirt, previously occupied by David McGoldrick, following his move to Portman Road.