Joe Garner ready for fresh challenge


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Striker Joe Garner is confident he can help new club Ipswich Town push for promotion after completing his move from Rangers.

The Tractor Boys endured a miserable campaign last term under manager Mick McCarthy and are now eager to support him in the transfer market.

Ipswich finished 16th in the Championship table last season and McCarthy has already started to plan for the upcoming campaign.

Garner has signed a three-year contract at Portman Road after a disappointing season in Scotland with Rangers.

He scored just seven goals in 31 appearances following a successful three-year spell with Preston.

He had scored 49 goals in 129 games for North End as he helped them secure promotion to the Championship and he is now relishing the chance to prove himself again under former Republic of Ireland boss McCarthy.

Speaking after signing his new deal, he told reporters: “I’ve had a couple of conversations with the manager (Mick McCarthy)… and he told me of his ideas for this season and I can’t wait to get going now.

“There has been interest from Ipswich in the past but I’m delighted to have this opportunity now to come down and play here.

“I know all about the Championship. It’s the toughest league I have played in but we’ve got some good players here and I’m ready for the challenge.”

Last year’s damaging campaign certainly affected confidence amongst the players but with a fresh start Ipswich may well be confident of pushing for a play-off spot this time around, while they are also available at odds 67.00 to win the title with Dafabet.

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