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GARY PROBERT'S FIRST INTERVIEW

5 November 2021

“In this first period, a lot of my job is going to be looking ahead to the January transfer window in terms of the recruitment infrastructure"

Gary Probert, Town's new Director of Football Operations, said he is looking forward to working with good players and good people at the Club.

Speaking in his first interview since starting the role on 1 November, Gary outlined some of the short-term and long-term projects that he will be involved in.

"I’ve spent four or five days here now and it’s been really enjoyable," Gary told iFollow Ipswich.

"There are some really good players so I’m looking forward to getting to know them better and hopefully playing a role, alongside the other staff, in helping them develop.

"I will be working really closely with Lee O’Neill and the staff in the Academy to look at that transition of players to the senior team.

"As much as things are progressing with the ownership and the plans here, we need to make sure there is a pathway for local and homegrown players.

"The other thing is trying to link that with recruitment to make sure the overall recruitment plan fits what is needed for today but also for the long-term goals of the Club.

“In this first period, a lot of my job is going to be looking ahead to the January transfer window in terms of the recruitment infrastructure - working out where things are at currently and how we need to move that forwards.

“That links to the work that Lee and the staff are doing, particularly with the U23s and possibly the U18s in terms of what the plan is for those young players. We'll be looking at what's beneficial for each player, whether that's a loan move, a step up in training group, work experience options."

The full interview with Gary is available to watch below.


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