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2 August 2013

Tabby reading for his Royal appointment and is encouraged by Blue Army backing

Jay Tabb admits he didn’t expect to be returning to the Madejski Stadium quite so soon after departing Reading, but is looking forward to stepping out there with Town this weekend.

The midfielder agreed a permanent switch to Portman Road this summer after leaving the Royals and will now return to Berkshire tomorrow with the Blues, as Mick McCarthy’s side kick-off the new Championship season against Tabby’s former teammates.

“It’s funny how the fixtures pan out and I didn’t expect to be returning to the Madejski Stadium quite so soon!” said Jay, in an exclusive interview with Ipswich Player.

“I’ll be sending a few texts to some of the lads down there, as I’ve still got a lot of friends at the club.

“It will be nice to see them but I’m only focussing on Ipswich now. I had four great years at Reading but I’m excited for my future at Portman Road now.”

With close on 3,000 Town fans making the trip to the Madejski Stadium, Jay has been delighted with the support of the Blue Army.

The midfielder feels it will be needed against the Royals, a side he believes will be challenging for promotion this campaign.

“It’s going to be a tough one and I’d expect Reading to be there or thereabouts this season,” added Jay.

“But we are looking forward to the new season getting started and I’ve been told that we’ve almost sold out our allocation, so it will be nice to have a big following there.

“As a player I always think it’s nice to start away from home as the expectation is a little bit lower and the pressure is more on the home side.

“It’s great to hear we’ve got close on 3,000 fans making the trip and it’s up to us not to let them down. There’s optimism around the town and we want to crack on with the season now.”


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