"It's been a gradual build up and now I am in a position where I am ready for the season
George Edmundson has laid out his personal aims for the 2022/23 season, with the visit of Bolton Wanderers to Portman Road kicking off the new campaign tomorrow.
The central defender, who was sidelined for the final months of last term with a ligament injury, has worked hard in pre-season and is now raring to go for tomorrow afternoon's test and a 46-game league campaign.
"I didn't really get a break over the summer," George told the matchday programme.
"I was back into work just a couple of weeks after the season had finished, and I would see a physio multiple times a week. I was in the gym and pool for six or seven hours a day.
"After that, I came back in with the lads and pre-season started. I didn't do the double sessions until the Loughborough training camp as the physios didn't want to put me through too much and therefore suffer a setback.
"It's been a gradual build up and now I am in a position where I am ready for the season. I am raring to go."
That tomorrow's opponents are Bolton makes George all the more focused on getting back into the thick of the action - it goes back to growing up as a kid in the north.
"As a kid, I'd go to my granddad's and watch whatever game was on," he added.
"He was the only one in the family that had Sky Sports, and because he was a City fan, I supported them too. Dad wasn't too happy about that as he's a Bolton fan!
"Really though, he's a football fan. If the game at Portman Road got called off, he would go and watch Needham Market because he just loves football.
"He'll be at Portman Road supporting Ipswich, but his side of the family are all Bolton fans so they'll be buzzing for them to do well this season.
"For me, the focus is on getting back into the team and playing as many games as I can. I'm really looking forward to this season; it's going to be exciting."
The full interview with George features in tomorrow's matchday programme on pages 44 and 45.