Ipswich Town defender, Luke Woolfenden, expressed his delight yesterday at signing a new four-year contract at the club.
It's a fine reward for the 21-year-old defender, who has risen through the academy ranks to become a shining star within the first team and is exactly the clear pathway and progression Town fans and staff will be looking to see more of.
Speaking to the club website about signing his new long term deal, Woolfenden expressed his delight and desire to once again see the club back in the championship:
“Obviously I’m delighted to sign a new deal but for me, it’s about progressing here and getting this club back in the Championship,” the defender told the club website.
“We have to finish what we started. That’s got to be the aim. There will be an extra desire in the squad to put it right. This is a massive club. It shouldn’t be where it is but we have to get on with it.”
“We owe the supporters that. We had 20,000 in the stadium every week and things were going well but then we fell away after January and where we finished just isn’t good enough.”
“I don’t know why we fell away. We drew too many games, dropped points - especially at home. We didn’t take our chances in matches and then conceded and the confidence started to go. We can’t let that happen again next season.”
Currently, there has been no date set down from the EFL in regards to clubs being able to return to training, with the EFL set to meet later this week to discuss when the next season could begin. A date of around September 12th has previously been proposed.
“If we have to play behind closed doors, you get on with it but I really hope supporters are back when we start. It won’t be so strange for me because I was playing 23s football 18 months ago but for the senior lads, it will be very different.”
“I’m just desperate to get back playing again. I’ve even been texting my mates from school to see if they want a kick about!” Woolfenden explained.
The Chantry born defender made 36 appearances for the Blues last season and is now looking to kick on and cement his place as first choice Centre-Back competing against experienced heads such as James Wilson and Luke Chambers.
“I did come back last summer not really knowing what was happening and where I might be playing,” he explained.
“I got in the team though and I’ve moved on from there. Now I’ve got it in my head that I want to be first choice center-back and play every week. That’s what I’m aiming for.”