Players will embrace challenge - skipper

BLUES skipper Jason De Vos believes the players will embrace the challenge that new investment into the club will bring.De Vos has welcomed the £12m extra cash being pumped into the club, which will become debt-free once Marcus Evans' takeover is completed.

By Derek Davis

BLUES skipper Jason De Vos believes the players will embrace the challenge that new investment into the club will bring.

De Vos has welcomed the £12m extra cash being pumped into the club, which will become debt-free once Marcus Evans' takeover is completed.

The Canadian defender appreciates that the new investment will mean new additions to the squad.

And that could mean some being shipped out.

De Vos said: “The general feeling in the dressing room is one of excitement.

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“The first thing most people ask is how much is being made available for the manager to spend on players and, of course, it is one we can't answer.

“As a club we want to attract the best possible players and if the manager has that financial backing it can only be a good thing.

“Yes, it puts people under pressure and adds competition for places but that has to be a positive thing and something that is exciting.

“In football there is always speculation and it is always a revolving door. If you can't handle that then you won't survive in this game.

“I'm very much looking forward to players being added as that will make it a better team.”

De Vos revealed that the players and coaching staff were buzzing at the news and excited by the future.

He said: “It is a good thing for the football club, the supporters and the players. Everyone knows the finance is a big talking point and what a massive financial gap there is between the Championship and the Premiership.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to level the playing field.”

The first priority for the team, and the fans now, though, is to beat Norwich on Sunday.

“The timing of the takeover announcement adds spice to the derby duel with City unveiling Glenn Roeder as their new manager earlier in the week.

The news that Norwich Union, a company that is shedding jobs in Norfolk, has also agreed a significant write down of the £28m owed by Ipswich Town, while they do not pump money into Carrow Road is also likely to add that bit extra to the game.

But De Vos insists the players are divorced from all that and just want to win because they know what it means.

De Vos said: “We have no control over the outside influences.

“All we can do is go out there and give it our all for 90 minutes.

“This is a massive game and say what you want we know it is the biggest game of the year for supporters.

“There is always a lot of build-up to these games but as player you stay fully focused.”

Although Magilton has been itching to bring in new players there is unlikely to be any new additions to the squad for this weekend.

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