Jonny Williams gutted not to be involved but will be cheering Ipswich Town on

Jonny Williams applauds the Ipswich Town fans. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Jonny Williams applauds the Ipswich Town fans. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Jonny Williams has become the latest former Ipswich Town player to issue a heartfelt good luck message to the club ahead of their last big promotion push.

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell spoke glowingly about the Blues earlier this month and now Williams – whose third loan spell was cut short by a recurring groin injury recently – has followed suit.

Mick McCarthy’s men will secure a play-off place if they avoid defeat at Blackburn on Saturday (12.15pm, Sky Sports), but know that both Brentford and Wolves could pounce if they slip up in what is set to be an exciting and tense finale to a remarkable Championship season.

Williams, a popular figure among staff, players and fans at Portman Road, said: “I really do wish Ipswich all the best and will be there supporting them in the play-offs if they make it.

“I’m not able to go to Ewood Park on Saturday because I’m booked in for rehab, but I’m hoping to be out of the gym in time to watch the game on TV.”

The 21-year-old midfielder continued: “I’ve got a lot to thank Ipswich for after the last two years. When I first went on loan there it was a bit daunting because I’d never experienced anything but the red and blue shirt (of Palace), but I couldn’t have asked for a better club to go to. The staff, players and fans made me feel so welcome and that’s why I ended up coming back twice.

“I made loads of good mates there. That’s one of the big things behind Ipswich’s success this season I think actually, that togetherness around the whole club.

“I really hope they can seal the deal and finish in the play-offs because I think the lads deserve it after what they’ve put into this season.

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“And I know, from experience, what a great occasions those matches are.

“Winning at Wembley (with Palace in 2013) was a fantastic feeling.”

On his own situation, Williams added: I’m gutted not be involved. The latest set-back was so frustrating because I was just getting to the stage where I was feeling more or less back to my old self. I’d begun to forget about it and was a bit surprised when I felt it again in the Under-21s match.

“I’d love to have been involved in these last few games for Ipswich, but I guess things happen for a reason and now I’ve just got to concentrate on getting myself right for the start of next season.”

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