Ipswich Town's Jay Tabb expects Premier League return

Ipswich Town midfielder Jay Tabb has said he intends to return to the Premier League after his first experience with Reading last season.

The 29-year-old made 12 top-flight appearances last term, before joining Ipswich on loan, a move which becomes permanent on 1 July.

"I've still got aspirations of playing in the Premier League again," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

Jay Tabb's career

  • Brentford (2000-2006): 156 games, 24 goals
  • Coventry (2006-2009): 104 games, 12 goals
  • Reading (2009-present): 105 games, no goals
  • Ipswich (on loan): 9 games, 1 goal

"And I plan on doing it with Ipswich," the former Coventry man added.

"It's the place to be and there are a lot of good players at Ipswich who deserve to be there.

"As a squad we can be confident that if we do what the gaffer tells us we'll have a good chance."

Town boss Mick McCarthy has handed Tabb a two-year contract after the wideman played nine times and scored once for the Portman Road side at the end of last season.

"I want to improve again as a player and I think with Mick, who is a great manager, I can do that," he said.

"I think Ipswich are going to be one of the 10 or 12 clubs that have a chance next year

"You've got to aim high. You can't go around blowing your own trumpet but you need to be ambitious as well.

"If we have a squad that stays fit for most of the season we will have a good chance of challenging at the top."