Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
Anthony Wordsworth believes it is the right time for him to step up from League One, having signed a two and a half year deal with Ipswich Town earlier on today.
Having come through the ranks with the U's, the move sees Woody rise up a division without having to move too far from home and, having been suspended for the U's this month since the trip to Doncaster, Woody spent a few days with the Town squad during his time out.
'I was suspended and had a good opportunity to come and have a good look around,' he told Town's official website. 'It went pretty well and the manager wanted to sign me, so I'm delighted with that.
'In the back of my mind I was hoping to be back pretty soon, and I even left my boots at the training ground!
'It's a massive club and I think it's the right time for me; I was at Colchester a long time and had other chances to move, but this is the perfect opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to it.'
The U's were a Championship club themselves whilst Woody was rising through the youth system, and he made his Football League debut in a one-all home draw to Cardiff City back in 2007/08.
Anthony has nothing but praise for the U's though, continuing: 'Colchester is a brilliant club and I can't speak highly enough of them.
'They gave me the opportunity to play football and I think my time there went pretty well with a few successful seasons, so I'm really grateful for the opportunity that they gave me.'
Speculation surrounding the cultured playmaker has been mounting throughout January, with Charlton amongst other prospective suitors rumoured to be tracking his progress.
Despite this, Woody insists his mind was made up as soon as he had a look around the setup at Ipswich.
'I'm a London boy, but I've been living in Colchester for eight years now so it isn't miles from home,' he said.
'I have a few friends here and know all about the club; I know David McGoldrick, Tommy Smith had a loan spell at Colchester and my next-door neighbour is an Ipswich fan too, so we've had a few chats about it.
'I watched Colchester for a few seasons in the Championship and got a handful of games myself, I watch lots of Championship football and I'm aware of the step up.
'I can't wait to get going.'
Woody is expected to go straight into the Town squad for their game with Middlesbrough on Saturday, so he won't have to wait long.
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Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
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