Town centre-half on the benefits of Swindon spell last season
Luke Woolfenden believes his loan move to Swindon Town last season helped him mature both on and off the football pitch.
The Blues defender spent the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign with the Robins, making 32 league appearances, and is now reaping the rewards having returned to Portman Road and become a regular in Paul Lambert's starting line-up.
"My time with Swindon was unbelievable and I think it helped me both on and off the pitch," the 20-year-old said.
"I learned more about myself and the game. It helped me grow up physically and mentally.
"When you move away you have to become more independent. Suddenly you're responsible for making your own food and doing your own washing - they're little things but they are still important.
"On the pitch I had people supporting me from the Club as well. Hoggy (Chris Hogg, U23 Co-Manager), would come and watch me and it was always good to get his feedback.
"The loan move definitely helped me and I'd recommend it to anyone. Everyone is different and other players might prefer a different route but I loved getting out and playing football and it has served me well so far this season."