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Smith welcomes competition for places in ‘really strong’ Town squad

PUBLISHED: 16:50 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:07 02 November 2017

Tommy Smith, pictured battling with Cardiff's Omar Bogle for the ball, is in World Cup action. Picture: PAGEPIX

Tommy Smith, pictured battling with Cardiff's Omar Bogle for the ball, is in World Cup action. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Tommy Smith believes Ipswich Town will have “a really strong squad” when the club’s injured players return and has welcomed the increased competition for places.

The New Zealand international came back into the side for Tuesday night’s defeat by Cardiff, replacing Adam Webster at the heart of the Blues’ defence, but at times looked short of match sharpness having not featured since the opening day due to a hamstring injury.

Town have been hit by a string of injuries in defence this season, which saw Mick McCarthy at one stage fielding a backline made up entirely of full-backs, but Smith now believes the strength of the Blues’ squad is beginning to show itself.

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“There are more of us coming back now and that means there is some good competition for places” the 27-year-old told the club website.

“Without that pressure you can start to get complacent. You need to know there are others challenging for your position. It keeps you on your toes and makes you more determined to perform at the top level.

“It would be nice to have everyone fit at some point this season. If all the guys are fit then I think we have a really strong squad on paper.”

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Town take on Preston on Saturday and could have Emyr Huws back in the matchday squad following his Achilles injury, while Tom Adeyemi has also been dealing with a hamstring problem and Teddy Bishop and Luke Hyam remain sidelined.

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