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5 March 2021

Former midfielder on hanging up his boots and moving back to Portman Road

Gary Roberts says that he's ready to make the transition from player to coach in order to help Blues succeed this season.

Robbo, who has made six appearances this term evenly split between Wigan and Accrington, has called time on his playing career in order to join new boss Paul Cook at Town.

The former midfielder was previously at Portman Road between 2006 and 2008, first on loan before joining permanently from Accy.

Speaking after the new management's first training session at Playford Road, the 36-year-old opened up on the decision to retire from professional football and his relationship with Town's new boss.

"I was obviously playing at the time and I spoke to the gaffer," he told iFollow Ipswich.

"He said 'how do you fancy getting down here to your old club?' The opportunity had come up and as I was coming to the end of my career, so I thought there’s not a better time to come and help. It makes it easier that I’ve played for the Club and know a few faces so I jumped at the chance.

"It’s quite difficult; playing football for so many years and then stopping. It’s quite hard but this was my plan. It’s come a bit sooner than I thought but I’m ready to do it. I’m ready to help the gaffer, help the lads, and hopefully get up that league.

"We’ve [Gary and Paul] worked together for a number of years now. I played with him a long time ago and then he was my manager for a good few years. We had success together and we’ve always got on. He trusts me and he must think there’s something in me to help him, help the squad get better, and push up that league."

Watch Gary's first interview after moving back to Portman Road in full below.

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