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New era at Ipswich Town as Paul Hurst outlines his ambitions

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Ipswich Town's new boss Paul Hurst says he is determined to bring the good times back to Portman Road.

The former Shrewsbury manager held his first press conference at Ipswich today and outlined his plans to try and make Ipswich a force in the Championship.

Although his appointment was announced nearly two weeks ago, it was Hurst's first day at the stadium due to a family holiday and a training course with the League Managers' Association.

He already has three promotions in his short managerial career.

  • Watch Donovan Blake's full report on the first appearance of Ipswich Town's new manager.

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Australian seamer Peter Siddle to return to Essex after 'brilliant impact'

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Australian pace bowler Peter Siddle is set to return to Essex in August.

The club announced today that the 33-year-old will be available for all competitions from August 1.

It could see Siddle play in eight Vitality Blast games, including the quarter-finals should the club progress, as well as the Specsavers County Championship matches against Somerset, Hampshire and Surrey.

The seamer made a real impression during his stint with the club in April and May, taking 20 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 16.10.

"I loved my time at the club earlier in the season and I can't wait to get back to Chelmsford and play for the Eagles again.

"It was a little bit of a stop start period with the weather, but I am looking forward to getting a run of games together in both Blast and Championship cricket.

"I have seen first-hand how passionate the Chelmsford crowd is for Championship cricket, and I have heard amazing things about T20 games as well. Hopefully I can bring my experience in both red-ball and white-ball cricket to the team and help continue the good work so far this season."

– Peter Siddle

"Peter made an excellent contribution both on and off the pitch earlier on in the season, and made a brilliant impact on everyone at the club.

"He not only continued to show how good a bowler he is, and the skills he has, but he also showed what a great person he is, and that is equally important for fitting into the way we work."

– Anthony McGrath, Essex Head Coach
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