New midfielder on manager's influence and fellow deadline day signing, Celina
Sam Morsy says that Paul Cook played a big part in his decision to make the move from Middlesbrough to Town earlier this week.
The midfielder became the Club's 19th and final signing of the summer on deadline day, joining from Championship side Boro for an undisclosed fee.
Sam, who previously played under Paul at both Chesterfield and Wigan, has signed a three-year deal.
Asked if he would've dropped down a division for any other manager, the 29-year-old said: "Not a chance. We’ve been very successful together and I think he’s built a very exciting squad.
"I loved my time at Middlesbrough; the manager, the staff, the players and the fans have all been amazing with me. When it was time for me to leave, I couldn’t think of a better place for me to move to than Ipswich.
"There were a couple of options but then the big pull for me was knowing the manager; his style of play, his record. I don’t want to be dropping down a level but hopefully it is just a season and then we can get this Club closer back to where it belongs and striving to do well."
Sam, who will wear the number 55 shirt, was the Club's second signing on deadline day after the return of Bersant Celina was confirmed, on loan from Dijon.
"It’s massively exciting, you just look at some of the names," the midfielder continued.
"The manager rang me to try and convince me and said 'we’ve just signed Celina.' My reaction was just 'wow’ and he said 'yeah, wow.' It’s a project that I'm excited to be a part of."
The Club will be conducting a video interview with Sam in the coming days.