LUKE CHAMBERS SIGNING: I will lead Ipswich Town whether I wear armband or not
LUKE Chambers has today pledged to be the ‘no-nonsense’ defensive leader that Ipswich fans have been craving for years.
The 26-year-old centre-back yesterday signed a three-year deal with the Blues – and immediately got fans wondering if he was a captain-in-waiting.
But with Carlos Edwards expected to lead the side next season, Chambers insisted he didn’t need the armband to show Town fans his natural instincts.
Asked what supporters should expect, Chambers said: “A bit of no-nonsense. I’m a bit of a leader, I have organised teams from my position at the back throughout my whole career, even when I was a lad.
“I can play out the back – I’ll do whatever is asked of me. I am one of those guys who will be steady week-in, week-out. I just want to help keep as many clean sheets as possible.”
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Chambers skippered Nottingham Forest last season but it coincided with the club battling against relegation and caused some criticism to come his way from sections of the City Ground support.
He said: “It wasn’t a very successful time when I was captain at Forest and it was a difficult season.
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“But it is always nice to be considered with that sort of honour, especially at a club like Ipswich. It is something I would never shy away from but I haven’t even thought about. Carlos (Edwards) did it last year – along with Grant (Leadbitter) who has moved on – and he did a great job.
“If it comes along, I will have a chat with the gaffer, but it is not something I will be coming in here demanding.”
Chambers’ induction was a double training session with Town yesterday and he is expected to make his debut during next week’s tour of the Netherlands.