Cautious Sonko already wishing he’s signed for longer

Ibrahima Sonko is already wishing he’d signed more than a one-year at Ipswich Town after quickly settling at the club.

The Senegalese centre-back says he was the one that asked to pen just a 12-month deal last week, cautious not to have a repeat of being ‘stuck’ at a club. The 31-year-old quickly found himself unwanted at previous club Stoke City following a �2m switch from Reading and ended up being loaned out to the likes of Hull and Portsmouth during a frustrating three-year spell.

However, having settled in quickly with his new Blues team-mates and enjoyed an excellent debut in the 2-1 win over Leeds on Saturday, he is already thinking long-term.

“It was nice to sign, to get the first game straight away even better, but to win? Well that was perfect, ”said Sonko. “I knew it was a very good club but now I’m here I realise just how big it is.

“A one-year deal was something I wanted because I didn’t want to get stuck somewhere where I might end up not wanted like in the past, but now I’m here and I realise people want me I’m thinking maybe I should have signed three years!


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“I need to earn the second and third years now. I’m here to stay as long as I can.”

Described as a ‘man-mountain’ by Blues boss Paul Jewell, the imposing 6ft 3in defender attracted plenty of interest in the summer following his release by the Potters.

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However, the defender says he was always ready to bide his time and wait for the club at which he felt he could really re-establish his impressive, yet slightly faltering, career.

“I trained with Reading but they offered me something that I wasn’t really happy with and I just felt I should take a bit longer to wait for the right deal.

“There were offers from Greece, Germany and France but I love English football and I wanted to stay here.

“The way things have gone for me in the last three years it has not been the best for me and I just felt I wanted to put things right here before I could even think of moving abroad.

“I wanted someone to just give me the shirt so I can show what I can do, play the way I used to play. I just want to show my worth again.”

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