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4 June 2021

"I’m really happy to get the contract all sorted and now I’m looking forward to the start of pre-season"

Lee Evans says that the chance to be reunited with Paul Cook played an important role in his decision to join Town.

The Wales international, who will officially join on 1 July as a free agent when his current contract with Wigan expires, has signed a three-year deal at Portman Road.

Lee previously played under Paul at Wigan before the now Blues boss departed The Latics in July 2020.

Asked how big the draw of reconnecting with his old manager was, the 26-year-old told iFollow Ipswich: "Really big. The manager and the coaching staff have all been expressing that they want me to join.

"I don’t think the Ipswich Town fans have seen the best of him [Paul] yet. He makes your role pretty easy, he makes you know what he wants from each player and each position. He expects high standards and that’s what we’re going to need this season.

"I’m delighted. I’m really happy to get the contract all sorted and now I’m looking forward to the start of pre-season."

Lee, who operates as a central midfielder, also provided insight into his discussions with CEO Mark Ashton and opened up about what Town fans can expect from him on the pitch.

"He [Ashton] outlined his vision for the football club. He’s obviously a man with great experience with what he built at Bristol City especially and how he’s left it in a completely different state to when he took over. I’m sure he’s got the same vision for this football club. He’s explained to me about the ambition of the owners, through to him and the manager; everyone is on the same wavelength.

"I'm a player who will just give his all, a player who likes to get the ball down and play. That’s how the manager likes to play, I know that already. 

"I want to play as many football matches as possible. I’ve come in here knowing we’re going to have a good squad so I need to be bang at it at the start of pre-season to make sure I’m in the team for the first game of the season and then the jersey is yours to lose."

See the full interview with Lee below.

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