Date: 1st September 2016 at 4:38pm
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In the end it all proved to be a massive anti-climax! After the afternoon arrival on loan of Jonny Williams for the fourth time in his career, we were promised lots more activity but as the clock ticked towards the bewitching hour, when all transactions must be completed, it all went rather quiet.

We waited with bated breath to see who would come through the door at Portman Road but and in the end the whole exercise turned out to be nothing more than a damp squib.

We will all left rather disappointed and frustrated but of course that is only one side of the story.

Some clubs could sense other clubs anxieties and held out for more dosh – or they waited until they had found a suitable replacement before making a player available and time quickly began to run out.

The blues were determined to find a suitable replacement for Daryl Murphy and they were also on the look-out for another attack-minded midfielder but in the end nothing was forthcoming sadly so Town will just have to do with what they have got until the transfer window re-opens again in January of next year.

It is not all bad news though I might add. What has come through the door oozes quality and I think getting Jonny Williams back is a real plus and I am excited too by the prospect of seeing our other loanee Tom Lawrence in action soon as well.

Add to that Leon Best and we have good reason to suppose we have not done so badly after all, if these players can remain fit for the foreseeable future but that of course is a very big if?

Other new boys Conor Grant and Grant Ward have added quality to the squad and Teddy Bishop and Andre Dozzell are also gifted players who are coming of age at just the right time to advance their chances of regular game time with the blues.

I still believe that letting Daryl Murphy go was the right decision for all parties and I am optimistic that if our new team can begin to gel, then Brett Pitman and a more forward thinking Freddie Sears can start scoring regularly again for the Tractor Boys.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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