It was time to move on and it's been a great move coming here says midfielder
The 29-year-old midfielder was born and bred in Bristol, grew up a Robins fan and played for the club from the age of nine until he headed to Portman Road in the summer of 2013.
“City is still my club. Everyone has a club and they are mine. I was there 18 years so it will be a bit strange on Saturday,” said Cole, speaking in an interview with the matchday programme for the game.
“It was a wrench to leave of course but I had got to a stage where I needed a new challenge. It had probably gone a bit stale for me there if I’m honest.
“I’d been there a long time and it was time to move on. We got relegated that year but that had nothing to do with me moving. I’d made up my mind before then that it was the right thing to do.
“I had a few options but when Mick McCarthy wants you - and I’m not just saying that - then you listen. It has proved to be a great move for me.”
Don’t miss the matchday programme for more from Cole, plus interviews with Luke Hyam, Brett Pitman, Christophe Berra and Jonas Knudsen. There are matchday columns from Mick McCarthy and Luke Chambers plus a FREE set of stickers for your album.
Season ticket holders can purchase up to four extra tickets for just £10 each for Saturday’s game.