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KIERAN ON PRE-SEASON SO FAR

23 June 2022

Plus updates on George, Kayden, Kyle and Lee

Town's first-team have returned for pre-season with a determination to make 2022/23 a successful year for the Club, says Kieran McKenna.

The players reported back to Playford Road on Monday, joined by new additions Freddie Ladapo and Dom Ball for the first day back in Suffolk.

Greg Leigh and Tyreece John-Jules have since been added to a group that are enjoying a good atmosphere in training whilst embracing the hard work ahead, according to the Blues' boss.

"The players have worked really hard and I think they’ve enjoyed the work as well," he told iFollow Ipswich. "It’s been really good and I’ve really enjoyed it. 

"Everyone has come back in a good condition and there has been a good atmosphere. There’s a positive energy about the group. I think they are really driven about achieving something this year. 

"We’ve got a good base of work in already. We’re getting towards the end of the week now and I think the lads are looking forward to pulling the kit on and getting their first few minutes on Saturday [vs Needham Market away, Town's first friendly of the summer].

"It will be a nice game for us and a nice game for Needham Market. We’re seeing it very much as an extension of our training week. We’re looking at two 30 minute halves and for each of the players that have trained with us this week to play 30 minutes.

"That will be an initial taster for them of wearing the new kit and stepping onto a match pitch, but they know that the serious business is yet to come."

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Town's manager also provided updates on George Edmundson, Kyle Edwards, Lee Evans and Kayden Jackson, who all missed the end of the 2021/22 season through injury.

"We’ve had Lee and Kyle in full training with the group," Kieran continued. "They both missed so much time at the end of the season that it’s like having new signings.

"George and Kayden are just at the very end of their reintegration. They’re working very hard on the pitches now and they’ll hopefully be back in with the full group soon. 

"Just having those four boys back in and around the group is a big addition and it gives the group an extra feeling of depth and strength. It’s going to be a big, strong and hungry squad going into the start of next season."

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