Season Preview - Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town finished 16th last season and will be hoping for a better season in the coming campaign.
When asked about his thoughts about the season, Stephen said "recent seasons have numbed the fans into apathy and last year's crowds/this year's season ticket sales are well down."
"This may have got through to the top brass as we've made some early and exciting signings. As a result my summer optimism has returned early and I would hope we can be in and around the play-offs playing football that the fans enjoy watching."
"The bookies have us as one of the favourites for relegation. A few more canny signings and I'd like to think we can challenge for a play-off spot. Put me on the spot and I'll say 8th."
Talking about which players will be key this season, Stephen said "we have/will sign a lot of new players so it could be one of them. In recent seasons goals have been at a premium so I hope Joe Garner can find his scoring touch early."
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Finally, when asked about key fixtures this season, it's an easy one... "Always Norwich, home and away" said Stephen. "Beating them this season would be nice - 2009 was the last time."