Ryan Fraser happy to team up with old “rival” at Ipswich Town
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New Ipswich Town signing Ryan Fraser is relishing teaming up with skipper Luke Chambers at Portman Road next season, after revealing the pair exchanged some heated words last term.
Chambers was booked following a foul on Fraser during the 1-1 draw at Portman Road in April, while the pair also faced-off in another game that produced the same scoreline, on the south coast, in 2013.
The diminutive Scot signed a season-long loan deal with the Blues as part of the deal that took Tyrone Mings to the Goldsands Stadium, and saw his former Cherries team-mate Brett Pitman make a permanent switch to Suffolk.
Fraser explained Chambers and himself had now buried the hatchet and that he has quickly become part of the light-hearted dressing room mood at Ipswich.
“He (Chambers) gave me a bit of stick in both games we played and we ended up arguing both times,” recalled the former Aberdeen man.
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“When I came to Ipswich and he saw me in the medical room he gave me a bit of stick, but he is a good guy. It was just a bit of banter and we are good mates in the dressing room, we play ping-pong together, and I think we are rooming with each other in Ireland which should be interesting.”
As well as teaming-up with Chambers, Fraser is happy to be given another opportunity to play with his former Bournemouth colleague Pitman, who penned a three-year deal with Mick McCarthy’s side last week.
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Not that the 21-year-old had any idea the prolific former Bristol City man would be joining him in Suffolk.
“We played quite a few games together last season, but I didn’t know he was coming up here,” Fraser added.
“I got here for my medical and there he was. Nobody told me, including Brett, who could have saved me some fuel!
“But it is good to see him and it has helped me out.”
Fraser turned down the chance to stay at Bournemouth in the Premier League, opting to join Ipswich, where he is likely to be afforded more first-team opportunities.
Despite that, he is still a wanted man by Cherries boss Eddie Howe.
“I am waiting to sign a new deal there,” he added.
“I want to show what I can do, play as many games as I can, and get the fans off their seats by scoring and creating goals.”