Stead aims to show City what they missed

GOAL-GETTER Jon Stead is aiming to show Norwich City what they missed out on this Sunday in the big derby clash.

Derek Davis

GOAL-GETTER Jon Stead is aiming to show Norwich City what they missed out on this Sunday in the big derby clash.

The Canaries were among a number of clubs interested in taking Stead from Sheffield United, but it was Ipswich Town who got in first and the Blues striker is delighted they did.

Stead said: “Norwich were among those clubs interested and when the opportunity to go on loan there they were in the hat.

“But Ipswich showed the most interest and were the keenest to get something done.

“That was enough for me it was an easy decision and one I do not regret one bit.”

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With four goals under his belt already, all at Portman Road though, Stead is eager to grab a fifth at Carrow Road and make himself an Ipswich legend.

The 25-year-old experienced two of the biggest derbies going playing for Sunderland against the mighty Magpies Newcastle United and also in the Steel City derby between the two Sheffield teams United and Wednesday, but he is anticipating another top footballing occasion.

Stead said: “Sunderland-Newcastle was a massive game, but in the season I was there we lost both the games against Newcastle. Even so they were unbelievable affairs.

“The Sheffield derby was pretty good too, but again I didn't have much joy. I have heard from the lads here that this one is up there and I'm really looking forward to it,

“Derby matches are always special occasions for everyone and for everyone involved it is a massive day. They would rather win that game than any other all season and have those bragging rights.”

Although he has not had much luck in derby days, Stead appreciates what big games they are and is delighted to be involved again fully aware of what it means to Town supporters.

He said: “You are going into their territory so it is bound to be intense but players enjoy that pressure and that occasion.

“They are some players who go through a career without playing in a big derby game.”

With a home near Bury St Edmunds Stead is immersing himself in Suffolk life and empathises with the way they feel about their Norfolk neighbours after growing up a Terriers supporter.

Stead said: “I was a Huddersfield fan as a youngster so it was the biggest thing to beat Leeds United and it made your year.

“Players know what is at stake and if ever there is day to get stuck in, derby day is it.”

After failing to get on the score-sheet against his old club United last weekend Stead is hoping to keep his place upfront against City on Sunday.

Jon Walters is hoping his sciatica nerve problem eases before the weekend and is hoping to be fit.

David Norris, another player Norwich tried to buy, is also hoping to be fit after struggling with a thigh problem.

A Town XI lost 2-1 to Spurs in a behind-closed-doors friendly yesterday with Iván Campo, Jordan Rhodes, Danny Haynes and Kevin Lisbie, all involved.