Colback thanks Ipswich

JACK Colback says his experiences at Ipswich Town have made him ready for the Premier League.

JACK Colback says his experiences at Ipswich Town have made him ready for the Premier League.

The 21-year-old midfielder made 54 appearances for the Blues altogether over two loan spells from parent club Sunderland. He was named Players’ Player of the Year following a season-long spell in 2009/10 and returned for three months in the middle of last season.

Upon his return Black Cats boss Steve Bruce felt he was ready for the step up and gave him his full Premier League debut against Birmingham City in April.

And he now hopes he can become a regular part of the team next season.


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“It was massive for me to go down to Ipswich and get first team experience,” said Colback.

“You can’t buy experience like that. Before I went to Ipswich I had thoughts about playing in front of big crowds and going there has definitely helped me handle the Premier League.

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“The pace is quicker in the Premier League, but while it’s still a leap it’s not a huge difference.

“There are some excellent players int he Championship but at the higher level you’re coming up against world class players and that makes a big difference.

“I’m hoping I can now push on and I think the next step in my career is to beplaying in the Premier League regularly.

“Hopefully I can get a good pre-season under my belt when we come back in July and make sure I’m in the manager’s thoughts.”

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