New Tractor Boy is determined to hit top gear

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Michael Chopra is confident he can end Ipswich Town's seven-year wait for a 20-goal striker at the first attempt since his summer switch to Portman Road.

The 27-year-old striker was Paul Jewell's first major acquisition of the close season, joining the Tractor Boys for a fee in the region of £1.5million.

Chopra brings with him a wealth of experience, and an impressive scoring record which he hopes to emulate at Ipswich.

"All the clubs I've been at I've scored goals," he said. "I believe if I get the right service and players alongside me then I'll score goals, no doubt about it.

"I'm a player that will play in the box and I'm always hungry to get goals and hopefully I can do that this year. I believe I will."


Ipswich have not had a striker that has broken the 20-goal barrier since Shefki Kuqi in 2004-05 - and Jason Scotland's return of ten goals last season was the club's only player to reach a double-figure tally in the past two campaigns.

Add to that the recent sale of the club's leading light Connor Wickham to Sunderland, there will be an added pressure on the Ipswich new boy to quickly find his scoring feet.

With 87 goals in 251 career appearances, including nine goals in 26 starts during an injury-plagued final year at Cardiff City, Chopra is confident of hitting the ground running for the Tractor Boys next season.

Jewell's side travel to Bristol City on the opening day of 2011-12 - a club that Chopra has enjoyed relative success against having found the net five times in eight games against the Robins.

"I've got a good thing about playing Bristol City," he continued. "I always manage to score against them, and I'll be looking forward to that game."

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