'We need to get the club back where it needs to be' - Roberts says Town are focused solely on promotion
PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 July 2019
Ipswich Town forward Jordan Roberts says nothing other than promotion is in the players' minds as the League One campaign fast approaches.
The Blues are back in Suffolk following a 10-day training camp in Germany which included friendly defeats against Bundesliga sides Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf, as well third-tier side Meppen (on penalties).
When speaking publically, manager Paul Lambert has attempted to temper expectations as the club prepares for third-tier football for the first time since 1957, highlighting how young his squad is and how little he's had to spend.
However, there has been plenty of fighting talk from the players.
"We've had meetings, we've spoken with the captain and people at the club, and we've said that it's a case of taking the shackles off and just going for it," said Roberts, who has been a central figure in the friendly games so far following his return from a loan spell at Lincoln City.
"At the end of the day we have to get ourselves back into the league (Championship) and where we deserve to be. It's down to us. We know what we've got to do and take full responsibility for that."
He continued: "There's nothing else that crosses the boys' mind apart from 'we need to get promoted'. That's it. We need to get the club back where it needs to be.
"The fans know that, we know that, everyone at the training ground and the stadium knows it.
"It's down to us to deliver. I think we're in a good place now. It's up to us to go out there now and show how much we want it from the first game."
Town's pre-season continues with a friendly at Colchester United on Friday night, followed by games at Notts County (next Tuesday) and Cambridge United (next Saturday).
Lambert's men then go to Burton Albion for their League One opener on August 3.