Ipswich Town signing Michael Chopra confident of goals

Michael Chopra
Chopra scored 43 times in his most recent spell at Cardiff

New Ipswich Town signing Michael Chopra is confident he can end the club's seven-year wait for a 20-goal striker.

Town have not had a forward break that scoring barrier since Shefki Kuqi notched 20 in the 2004/05 campaign.

But 27-year-old Chopra, who scored nine in 26 league starts for Cardiff last term, told BBC Radio Suffolk: "All the clubs I've been at I've scored goals.

"I believe if get the right service and players alongside me then I'll score goals, no doubt about it."

He added: "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."

Supporters at Portman Road have been longing for a potent striking threat, with Jason Scotland's 10-goal haul last season the only double-figured tally from the past twoseasons.

Chopra, who suffered with injuries and loss of form in his final season at Cardiff, nevertheless brings a career record of 87 goals from 251 games.

And the former Newcastle and Sunderland man has reason to hope for a bright start when Town begin the Championship season away at Bristol City, a side he has scored against five times in eight games.

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

Chopra arrived in Suffolk this summer in a deal believed to be worth £1.5m and he has said he dismissed interest from other sides to link up with Ipswich boss Paul Jewell.

"There would have been one or two clubs interested but when I spoke to the manager - he came up and saw me close to the north east - I realised he's such a good person, an honest man," he explained.

"I'm an honest person myself and I was happy with how talks had gone. I said I'd give my answer within a week and I did that."