Wilnis hails Town's team spirit

NOW is the time to top up the spirit.So says Ipswich Town's experienced defender Fabian Wilnis as he boarded the Blues' plane to Sweden this morning.

By Elvin King

NOW is the time to top up the spirit.

So says Ipswich Town's experienced defender Fabian Wilnis as he boarded the Blues' plane to Sweden this morning.

Joe Royle's squad left Gatwick Airport today for a three-match Scandanavian trip. And Wilnis believes the tour can help develop a stronger team spirit

"It's important to spend time together as a squad, having been apart for a few weeks. This definitely helps in terms of spirit and team-building," he said.

"We can build up our unity – and come out the other end a well-drilled fighting force."

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Wilnis has come through unscathed after a traumatic time during the latter stages of George Burley's reign as Town manager.

At one time the 32-year-old Dutchman found it difficult to get a game in the reserves.

"It has come round in a complete circle," admitted Wilnis.

"From the highs of Wembley and promotion to the Premiership, through the wonderful first season in the top flight down to the frustrations of being available on a free transfer and finding it hard to get a game.

"Now everything is motoring along again – and like the rest of the lads I can't wait to get started.

"I always look forward to this tour. "At this stage, we just want to play as many games as possible to top up our fitness levels.

"You can run and run around a field but nothing compares to the exertion of a competitive match."

Town play AIF Mjallby, Helsingor and Trelleborg IF in the next few days and Wilnis believes there is definite room for improvement after a 4-2 win over Southend in a friendly at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.

"We got there in the end but made life really difficult for ourselves, starting off quite negatively," he said.

"But we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves. We were bound to be a bit rusty after the summer break but our quality will shine through the more games we play."

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