Jonny Williams is relishing the chance to play regular football again, with another spate of injuries having kept him out of action for the last five months.
After returning to Ipswich for a third loan spell on Thursday afternoon, the midfielder spoke about his excitement about getting back out on the pitch, as he looks to prove to Palace boss Alan Pardew that he has what it takes to make an impact in the Premier League next season.
With Ipswich challenging for promotion, Jonny could prove to be a real difference maker in the final weeks of the campaign, having impressed hugely for the Tractor Boys in both of his previous loan spells, encouraging Mick McCarthy to go back in for him.
“The last five months have been very tough but the support I’ve had from fans during that period has been special.
I’m delighted to be back at Ipswich and I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch again. I really enjoyed my last two spells here and I’m looking forward to starting my third.
“The boys are doing really well and I’m hoping I can contribute wherever possible in this promotion push.
“They’re a great bunch of lads and I’m looking forward to working with them and the staff again. I just can’t wait to get started now.”
Thanks to the terms of the loan deal, Williams would be able to stay with Ipswich until the play-off semi-finals, before being forced to sit out of the final, should they get there.
With seven games to go, the Suffolk-based outfit sit in sixth place, just a point above Brentford in seventh, and five points behind Watford in second, leaving everyone associated with the club biting their nails over what the next few weeks have in store for them.
Whilst you would assume that automatic promotion is a little too much to expect between now and the end of the season, there is a part of me which envisages Jonny hammering home a shot from long-range to send his teammates up on the final day of the campaign away at Blackburn.
After the hellish spell on the sidelines he’s been forced to endure, it would be a deserved moment of elation for one of the nicest players you’re ever likely to meet.