Former Imp praises club ahead of Ipswich Town FA Cup tie

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The headlines seem to have been about James Wilson’s rather barbed comments about his time with City recently, but another former Imp in the Tractor Boys ranks has had good things to say about the club.

Whilst Wilson’s thoughts are perhaps to be expected after a tough time with us, Danny Rowe impressed in two spells, arguably helping us to both pieces of silverware we lifted in the last two years.

He played a role in the Checkatrade Trophy run, including a stunning goal against Peterborough in the quarter-final. He bagged another great strike as we beat Exeter 3-2 to push us towards the top seven, but ended up injured and struggling.

He returned last year and gave us an injection of pace that not only helped down Yeovil, but also earn a draw against Bury and beat Grimsby. Without his input both season, we may not have such a bulging trophy cabinet right now.

Sadly, he’ll be wearing the blue of Ipswich tomorrow, but he had nothing but good things to say about the Imps in an interview with their official site earlier.

“It was beneficial for me, going on loan there,” Danny told their website.

“The first season we won the EFL Trophy and the second season we won the league so I have good memories from my time with them. It was important to go out and play games and they gave me that opportunity so I’m thankful for that.

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“I’m sure they’ll be up for it this weekend but we will be as well. Every game we play we take seriously and every game we play we want to win. We’re going well in the league so we want to take that into this match.”

Whilst on his loan spell here, he told me being out of the Ipswich side had been mentally tough.

“The last few months have been very tough, it’s not a nice situation to be in. I’ve not experienced being out of a side in my career before Ipswich. I don’t think it’s spoken about enough, the effect it can have on a player when you’re not involved in a team and you’re at a place when you feel you deserve a chance. You work hard, day in day out and the chance never comes and it is frustrating. I think it impacts you mentally.”

Luckily for him, he’s been given a chance this season, making 14 appearances, 12 of which have been in League One. He bagged his first goal Tuesday night away at Rochdale, earning Paul Lambert’s side a 1-0 win.

It’s great to see him getting games for Ipswich; whenever I spoke to him he was always grounded, honest and very understated. He’s one of football’s nice guys and always remained focused on his Ipswich career, but was able to positively impact our squad twice.

After tomorrow I wish him all the best, until we play them in the league. However, something tells me he’ll be lifting the third piece of silverware in as many seasons in May and if he does, he’ll fully deserve it.