Not Monaco-bound...but Nigel Reo-Coker still eyeing Premier League return
NIGEL Reo-Coker has vowed to go “full throttle” in helping the Blues move away from the Championship trap-door – even if his end destination might be back in the top-flight.
The midfielder could be thrown straight into Paul Jewell’s new-look, loan-heavy, Town side to face Hull City tomorrow after signing on a three-month, short-term deal.
But while Jewell hopes to encourage the 28-year-old to sign for longer, the former West Ham and Aston Villa man admitted he is still pining for the Premier League.
He said: “The best way to describe it is a deal that suits both parties. I had a conversation with the manager and it worked out well. We are just going to see how it goes. At the end of the day, January is still a long time away.
“As a player with any ambition, you want to play at the highest level. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but you have to believe in your ability and I believe I can still play at the highest level.
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“At the moment, it hasn’t worked out but I am very happy to be here. I know the reasons why I am here and what I want to achieve.”
Reo-Coker, who has been without a club since leaving Bolton in the summer, has conceded that he is lacking match sharpness having not kicked a ball in anger since May.
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He said: “In modern football, you probably take two or three games to get your rhythm.
“But I know I haven’t got that time. If I am involved this weekend, I know I need to hit the ground running and do my best.
“We are hired here to win football matches and that is my main priority. I have come here to be part of the team, not to just use it as some kind of pre-season. I will go full throttle.”
The fear is that the better the midfielder plays in the next three months, the more likely he will realise his Premier League dream in the New Year.
Speaking of his new signing, Jewell said: “He’s got good experience and knows that the game is about.
“There were bigger clubs than Ipswich in for him – we just had to bide our time.
“We’ve been trying to get him for a while. He had the chance to go to Monaco, but who wants to live in Monaco when you can live in Ipswich!”