Scott Loach hails support of one-time Town top target Tomasz Kuszczak

IT’S time to get serious.

That is the message from new Blues number one Scott Loach who spent the summer dreaming of completing his move to boyhood club Ipswich – and then excitedly putting pen to paper last month.

Loach was already guaranteed a great reception from the same Super Blues he once cheered alongside while at the club’s academy.

But the 24-year-old, a �150,000 signing from Watford, knows that being a Town fan won’t necessarily pave the way to winning medals at Portman Road.

He insisted: “I didn’t just come here because I am a fan – I came here because it is a bigger club and I need to step up to the plate.

“I want to show people what I can do. Because I came through the ranks at Watford, I felt I was always treated as the young lad.

“But I am coming to Ipswich as a man. I am here to do a job and become an important person in this team.

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“Of course, I want clean sheets, but they are a bonus. For me, it is all about winning Saturday and getting this team up the league.”

Loach made more than 160 appearances for Watford but had no hesitation in making a cut-price switch to Ipswich.

He made his competitive debut against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night and will make his Championship bow in Saturday’s season-opener at home to Blackburn.

Ironically, he believes the man who could have become Ipswich number one – Tomasz Kuszczak – has played a big part in making him a better keeper.

Kuszczak replaced Loach at Watford last season before opting for Brighton over Ipswich this summer.

Loach admitted: “Bringing in Tomasz was actually a blessing in disguise for me. I had played for four years running and I think it was showing a bit.

“Tomasz came in and I have great admiration for him as he really spent a lot of time working with me. He made me a better person as well as a better goalkeeper.”

* Meanwhile, Town’s second round match at Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup will be played on Tuesday, August 28 (7.45pm ko), it was confirmed today.