Scotland promises goals

JASON Scotland believes he has the ammunition to help fire Ipswich Town into the Premier League.

Scotland completed his move from Wigan Athletic yesterday lunchtime on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of �750,000.

The powerful front-runner, a prolific goalscorer in League One and the Championship with Swansea City, is confident that he can emulate the feat under Roy Keane.

While Scotland was being unveiled at an official Portman Road press conference, Jon Stead was being paraded as Bristol City’s new signing. Stead left Town to join the Robins for a fee of �225,000, on a three-year package.

“I’m delighted to be here as an Ipswich player. Hopefully, I can carry Ipswich into the Premiership,” enthused Scotland.

“I hope Ipswich fans will see some goals from me, and that I can rediscover my form from Swansea. I want to beat last season’s leading scorer here (Jon Walters), whom I believe scored just eight goals.

“It’s been a tough time for me at Wigan. I haven’t been playing as much, and not been scoring as much, but I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead,” added Scotland.

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A team-mate of Town winger Carlos Edwards in the Trinidad & Tobago international squad, Scotland is all geared up to making his Town debut at Crewe in the Carling Cup tonight, although he is unlikely to start.

The 31-year-old, who mustered just one goal in 32 outings in the Premier League with Wigan, is certainly looking forward to playing under new boss Keane.

“I went to meet him (Keane) on the Friday before the Middlesbrough game, when they were training. He sold the club to me that day,” revealed Scotland.

“I shook his hand and told him it was an honour to meet him, after what he has achieved in the game. I told him it will be an honour to play for him.

“I’m available to play at Crewe, but it would be tough to play 90 minutes, although I’d like to get some minutes under my belt,” added Scotland.

Before his lean spell in the top flight with Wigan, livewire Scotland averaged a goal every two games for Swansea, netting 45 goals in 90 league appearances.

Chief executive Simon Clegg explained: “Securing Jason once again demonstrates the ambition of this football club, and the aspirations that are shared by Jason to return to the Premier League.

“This deal was actually agreed last week, but because of the Wigan manager’s requirements to have Jason available in the squad for Saturday’s game against Chelsea, the deal could not be completed until today.”

Keane was also delighted to get his man. The Irishman said: “He’s been one of the targets I’ve been after for a while.

“We hope he can score the goals that we want, but he won’t do it by himself. Like all strikers, he needs service.”

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