BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Scotland under-21 star Ryan Fraser is targeting a second successive promotion after joining Ipswich Town as part of Tyrone Mings’ record-breaking switch to Bournemouth.
Fraser, who joined the Cherries from Aberdeen in January 2013, made 27 appearances during their shock march to the Championship title but struggled to hold down a regular starting berth.
And the 21-year-old will spend a campaign on loan in England’s second tier after being used as a makeweight in their pursuit for highly-rated defender Mings.
It is understood a club record fee of around £8 million was paid by the Premier League new boys, while Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman also made the move to Portman Road on a permanent basis.
Fraser told Ipswich Town’s official website: “Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe spoke to me about the possibility of coming to Ipswich and whether I would be interested and I said I’d love to come here.
“I then received a phone call from Mick McCarthy at Ipswich and we had a really good chat. We spoke for a little bit and he seemed a really good guy.
“He told me about the lads, told me about the town and the way he does things at Ipswich. That was all I needed to hear.
“Ipswich are a great club and they were unlucky to just fall short in the Play-Offs last season. But with hard work and a bit of luck, I think we can have a good crack at it again.”