Wright eager to get going

AFTER six home games in a row the law of averages suggest Ipswich Town will get an away fixture on the opening day of the new campaign.

Derek Davis

AFTER six home games in a row the law of averages suggest Ipswich Town will get an away fixture on the opening day of the new campaign.

That doesn't bother David Wright who can't wait for the 2009/2010 season to start.

Since their 2-0 win at Walsall at the beginning of the 2002 season Town, under Joe Royle, have drawn with Reading, beaten Gillingham and then Cardiff.

They lost against Crystal Palace in the first year of Jim Magilton's reign, beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 but lost the opening day of last year 2-1 against play-off semi-finalists Preston.

The chances of a seventh straight home start for Town, now under Roy Keane's stewardship are slim but that doesn't bother defender David Wright.

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He said: “I have no preference. I just want pre-season out of the way so we start playing and achieve I we set out to do when I first came from Wigan and that is win promotion to the Premier League.”

There is no Norwich game to look forward to but Wright believes Peterborough and Newcastle will provide suitable alternatives.

Wright netted for Town against the Canaries with a goal he swiftly dedicated to his dad who died prematurely from cancer.

He is also fully aware of what that an East Anglian derby means to Town fans and accepts nearest side Peterborough is a poor second.

Wright said: “I know there are no Norwich games any more and as a player that is disappointing because we enjoy the derbies.

“Peterborough is the nearest game now and I know Chuck (David Norris) will look forward to that. For me it will be Newcastle that I look out for because that is a great stadium to play at.”

As much as Wright is looking forward to visiting St James' Park, he is not convinced they will be dead certs for an instant return to the top flight.

He said: “The usual suspects like Reading and Sheffield United will be up there and West Brom, Middlesbrough and Newcastle have got be the bookies favourites, but sometimes it takes a while to adapt after they have come down from the Premier League.

“This Championship is a completely different league and it takes a great effort to get out of. It is a really tough league. You could rattle off 10 teams that are really good and are genuine contenders.

“The Premiership is drifting away from the rest, especially the top four, so those that come down are very, very good, and makes it one of the toughest divisions to get back up from.”

Wright has recovered well from two hamstring problems but is confident he will be involved from day one.

He said: “The game at Finn harps on July 7 is pencilled in for me to play in and I will be ready for the season.

“I have done the training and this week I'm on multi-directional work and charging around like a lunatic.”

Although there has been a lack of action so far in the transfer market by Keane, Wright believes the ranks will be swelled by top quality players soon.

He said: “The gaffer will bring in players he knows about and will fit his mould. I can't say I know who he is bringing in but whoever it is they will improve the squad.”