Sunderland signing Connor Wickham has admitted to feeling particularly sad about leaving old club Ipswich, and the 18-year-old has left the door open to the possibility of a return at some point in his career.

"I have been at Ipswich since I was 11 so I was sad to leave, but I feel I'm ready to take the step up,” Wickham said.

"Everyone at Ipswich has been brilliant to me in my time at the club; the coaches, the players, the fans. I want to thank them all for the help they have given me down the years.

"I have enjoyed the craic with the lads as well and I want to wish the club all the best for next season.”

Wickham was a stand-out star for Ipswich in the Npower Championship, and while the striker only signed his first professional contract just over a year ago, the England youth international has been hot property for host of Barclays Premier League clubs.

The youngster revealed though that he doesn’t think his time at Ipswich is over for good, with Wickham saying he may return.

"I'd love to come back soon and play again at Portman Road against an Ipswich team in the Premier League,” Wickham said.

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