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30 August 2016

Striker relishing being a Blue and is targeting the Premier League

Leon Best says he has joined a ‘proper club’ and a club that has to believe it can get to the Premier League. 

The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international signed a one year contract with a year option this morning after impressing when spending last week training with Blues. 

“This is a proper football club. I could tell that as soon as I walked through the door,” the former Southampton and Newcastle striker told Ipswich Player HD. 

“You can tell that everyone knows what they are doing, everyone knows what is expected of them. There is a real togetherness here. 

“It’s funny because people in the game have told me that Mick McCarthy would be a good manager for me to work under and I’ve felt that as well, now I have that chance.

“He’s a straight-forward, honest man and honesty is a key thing in football. He said to me ‘ come in and show what you can do and we will take it from there’ and that is what has happened. 

“I’m a free agent and a lot of players in my situation are waiting to after the transfer window closes to see what is out there but as soon as I arrived here last week and met the players and staff and saw what the Club was about, my mind was made up. I just wanted to get something sorted.

“I know a lot of the players here. I was at Rotherham with Granty [Ward] last year, Chambo I know well and I grew up with Didz [David McGoldrick]. 

“There is a good squad here and I said to the manager that Ipswich always seem to be there or thereabouts with the Play-Offs. It’s just a win here or there that has been the difference. 

“It’s a club going in the right direction and that is very important when you thinking about a move. It’s a massive ambition of mine to get back in the Premier League and I think when you look at the players we have here and the manager, you have to believe that with everyone together, we can get there.”

Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can view the full interview with Leon this afternoon.  Ipswich Player HD provides the first interviews, exclusive behind the scenes footage plus live commentary of every Town game and all for less than a price of a daily newspaper. Don't miss out.

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