Parkin ready to go
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
New signing Sam Parkin says he is ready to prove his worth with Ipswich Town.New Ipswich Town signing Sam Parkin says he is ready to prove his worth to the Championship club.
The former Chelsea trainee completed his move to Portman Road for an undisclosed fee from League One side Swindon Town earlier this month.
The 24-year-old's arrival in East Anglia was welcome news for Town, who parted with the services of Darren Bent and Shefki Kuqi following the club's failure to win Premiership promotion in the play-offs last month.
Parkin stated his pleasure at receiving the chance to prove himself in a higher division next season.
"It's worked out perfect really and I'm not going to waste the opportunity," Parkin told Sky Sports News
"I've made my first step by joining a Championship club and it's up to me to go there and do well.
"They've got to look at my record. It says I've scored goals wherever I've been in my career.
"I'm only 24, a young player and it shows a lot of credit to the manager and the chairman at Ipswich that they have taken a young British player, who has done it in League One, and said 'Go and do it for us in The Championship'."
Parkin hopes his move may allow him the chance to earn promotion to The Premiership and face his former club in Chelsea.
The striker added his desire to see the sell-on fee that the Stamford Bridge club will receive go back into Chelsea's youth academy, where he started his career.
"You never know, but it would be nice one day to face John (Terry), but that's a long way off yet," added Parkin.
"Chelsea are in position now where they are very fortunate. They've got bundles of money and world-class players.
"If something can be done (with the sell-on fee), that would be nice.
"It would be nice to see it go into the youth policy or have something to do with the academy because you know I came through that academy."