Ipswich Town’s band of loanees can forge right team spirit

NIGEL Reo-Coker has insisted team spirit won’t be a problem among an Ipswich Town squad containing eight loanees.

While acknowledging not every loan deal works in football, Reo-Coker, himself signed up at Town for just three months, believes Paul Jewell has brought in the right men to ensure a togetherness between permanent players and temporary ones.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who signed on Saturday on a free transfer, said: “It is hard to get the team spirit but if you have the right characters then it can be made very easy.

“Everyone has to want to achieve the same thing and have the pride of wearing the shirt, knowing what it means to represent a football club. Then it can be done quite quickly and easily.

“It is not always the case (that loan deals work) so you need the right characters on the pitch. Even if it means giving someone a rollicking when it is needed for them to have the right attitude. I don’t see it being a problem.”

Reo-Coker activated a relegation-clause in the summer with Bolton Wanderers, but his hopes of securing a move back to the Premier League or to Spain’s La Liga never materialised.

He admitted: “It has been a very stressful and difficult summer – any professional in my situation would tell you the same thing.

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“It is not something you can easily handle, for someone of my character. I take my occupation very seriously – I love the game.

“I had a good conversation with the manager (Paul Jewell) and the best way to describe it is that everything fell into place.

“It works out well for the club and myself, it was about getting back and playing games. I have known Ipswich for a very young age when I used to come here with Wimbledon academy – I remember Darren Bent being here.

“I know about the facilities and the club. It well-supported with a great history and great tradition.”