"The hard work that you put in when you’re injured - it all comes down to being back out there with the boys and playing football"
Jack Lankester is keen to leave his injury troubles in the past after making his long-awaited return at Colchester on Tuesday night.
The forward played just over an hour of the second 75-minute friendly of the night, his first competitive football since January 2019 having missed the duration of last season through a back injury.
A brace from Aaron Drinan plus strikes from Gwion Edwards and Idris El Mizouni saw the Blues win game one 4-0 before Alan Judge netted the only goal of the second fixture.
Jack says that the hard work was all worth it after helping Town to their second victory of the night at the JobServe Community Stadium.
"It’s been a long time coming," he told iFollow Ipswich. "The hard work that you put in when you’re injured - it all comes down to being back out there with the boys and playing some football.
"All of these games are physical because people have been waiting so long to play. It was high intensity but we were all expecting it so I think we done pretty well in dealing with it.
"I missed last season but that’s all in the past now. From day one I was with the boys and loved every minute of it. Working up to a game - I’ve missed that feeling.
"I think it definitely helped me coming back in the small groups in pre-season. It gave me a bit of extra time to get up to that level where other people were."