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1 July 2020

Luke on his new deal; righting a few wrongs; being first choice at the back; football without fans and wanting a kickabout with his mates...

Luke Woolfenden says there will be an extra desire amongst the players to finish what the team started when football returns to Portman Road.

The 21-year-old defender has just signed a new four year contract at the Club but his thoughts are already focused on next season and righting a few wrongs after Blues let slip a promotion position in January to end up in mid-table before the campaign was brought to an early closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Obviously I’m delighted to sign a new deal but for me, it’s about progressing here and getting this Club back in the Championship,” Woolfy told the Club website.

“We have to finish what we started. That’s got to be the aim. There will be an extra desire in the squad to put it right. This is a massive club. It shouldn’t be where it is but we have to get on with it.

“We owe the supporters that. We had 20,000 in the stadium every week and things were going well but then we fell away after January and where we finished just isn’t good enough.

“I don’t know why we fell away. We drew too many games, dropped points - especially at home. We didn’t take our chances in matches and then conceded and the confidence started to go. We can’t let that happen again next season.”

Luke is waiting news of a date for pre-season to begin and hopes that when Town do return to action, supporters are allowed back in stadiums.

“I’ve watched some of the games on TV and it’s nowhere near the same with no supporters there. Imagine playing at Wembley in the Play-Offs like they did the other day with the stadium empty,” said the Academy graduate.

“If we have to play behind closed doors, you get on with it but I really hope supporters are back when we start. It won’t be so strange for me because I was playing 23s football 18 months ago but for the senior lads, it will be very different.

“I’m just desperate to get back playing again. I’ve even been texting my mates from school to see if they want a kickabout!”

Luke’s new four year contract is reward for the progress he has made over the last 12 months and while promotion is the ultimate aim, he also has personal goals.

After spending 2018/19 on loan at Swindon he returned to pre-season under Paul Lambert unsure of his future - he knows what wants now.

“I did come back last summer not really knowing what was happening and where I might be playing,” he explained.

“I got in the team though and I’ve moved on from there. Now I’ve got it in my head that I want to be first choice centre-back and play every week. That’s what I’m aiming for.”

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