Here we go again then. A new club, new team-mates and new challenges.
Most people generally begin their season in August, but this campaign has been stop-start for me to date. To be honest I’ve had more stops than starts over the last few months with Sunderland.
I’m aware that lots of pundits back home were making the point that I needed to be playing football on a regular basis. Just for the record I knew that too.
My loan move from Sunderland to Ipswich Town for the rest of the season has given me the opportunity to do just that.
The Championship is a tough league but I’m relishing the challenge of getting back to starting football matches and hopefully scoring goals.
Roy Keane is the manager at Ipswich and having played with and for him in my career, I know how much of a winner he is and I’ll be doing all I can to help him and the Tractor Boys climb the table.
The first priority is to get away from the relegation battle and after that you never know. The Championship, bar maybe the top few teams, is very tight and if we were to go on an amazing run from now until the end of the season, as Crystal Palace did a few years ago under Iain Dowie, then we may be within reach of the play-off places.
We host Middlesbrough tomorrow who have become a bit of a Celtic of the north east with all the players coming in from Parkhead. It’s a tough match to open up with at my new club, but it is one I really can’t wait to play in. As far as I’m concerned my season starts now.