'I want to recapture my love of football' - Graham on his loan move to Town
PUBLISHED: 20:00 29 August 2018
Jordan Graham hopes his move to Ipswich Town will be the first step in recapturing his love for football.
The winger has returned to Portman Road on loan from Wolves, having spent a similar temporary spell in Suffolk while an Aston Villa player in 2013/14.
He has played just 28 games of senior football since then, though, with serious knee injury in 2016 halting his progress.
“It’s been quite a tough couple of years for me and there hasn’t been much enjoyment in that time,” Graham said.
“I was doing really well before I got such a severe injury, which knocked it out of me for quite a while.
“I also want to be enjoying football and recapturing my love for it again. Coming here is the first part of achieving that. It has been difficult but Wolves know me and they know I play my best football when I’m happy.
“I find it hard when I’m not enjoying the environment I’m in. Being here with a few familiar faces that I know quite well and getting back to training and working hard, hopefully playing week in and week out, my best football will come back and everything will be alright again.”
Graham is excited to be part of Paul Hurst’s squad and believes the style the new Ipswich boss is trying to play will suit his game, with the Blues sitting bottom of the Championship in no way putting him off.
“I wasn’t put off by their results or where they are in the table,” he said. “I’ve seen bits and bobs of Ipswich playing so far this season and there has obviously been a lot of change.
“When there is such a big change at a club it normally doesn’t click straight away and it takes time.
“I like what the manager is trying to do here, the way he is trying to play. It is quite a bit different from what Mick (McCarthy) was doing over the past few years here, so it was never going to happen straight away.
“I like the style of football he wants the boys to play – a high-pressing team, ball on the floor – and it’s something I wanted to come and be a part of, and hopefully make a little bit of a change.”
Graham, who made just two substitute appearances during his first spell with Ipswich, could make his second debut against Norwich on Sunday.