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2 February 2021

Right-back on moving to Suffolk, first-team experience and chats with the manager

Luke Matheson says that he is already settling in to life at Town after joining on loan from Wolves for the remainder of the season. 

The right-back penned a deadline day deal to join Blues last night before travelling down to Suffolk and taking part in his first training session at the Club earlier today.

Speaking after his first morning at Playford Road, Luke provided further insight into the discussion he's had with Paul Lambert and Lee O'Neill.

"It was great," he told iFollow Ipswich following this morning's training.

"The lads have been great with me. I had a few phone calls from players last night and obviously spoke to Paul and a few of the staff last night as well. They’ve really taken me under their wing and I feel at home already to be honest.

"I spoke with Paul and Lee on Zoom within 30 minutes of finding out there was interest. They told me what they wanted from me and what I could get out of this loan and it was a definite yes on my part. I’m glad that they’ve given me the chance here.

"He said he wanted to see the things that I’ve done previously at Rochdale and Wolves. He said he wanted for me to continue my enthusiasm, my hard work, my running up and down the pitch. He doesn’t want to take away the attacking side of my game but he also wants me to sprint back and work defensively for the team."

Despite only turning 18 in October, the full-back has already played just short of a full League One campaign whilst at boyhood club Rochdale.

Having then joined Wolves on deadline day of last January, Luke believes that his experience can also aid the team over the coming months.

"I made my debut when I was 15 and in year 11 so that was almost three years ago now. I’ve done it before, I do have that experience. I’ve played nearly a season in this league until the virus and the lockdown, of course. I think that experience will definitely help me.

"I’ve loved every minute of it at Wolves. I’ve trained with the first-team and with Nuno [Espirito Santo, Wolves manager]. It’s been a phenomenal experience, training with such a high calibre of player - you learn so much. In just a one or two-hour training session, the amount of content that you can learn is crazy to be honest.

"I just want to give my all and help where I can with this team, and I think we can do really well together. It’s such a beautiful stadium and it’s absolutely massive. I can’t wait to get out there on the pitch and hopefully play in front of fans as soon as possible."

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