Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell dismisses fitness fears

Paul Jewell
Jewell has made five signings so far this summer

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has insisted his squad do not need to be put through their paces by a fitness coach to prepare for the new campaign.

Town have been without a fitness coach since Antonio Gomez's departure earlier in the month.

And after Tuesday's 2-2 friendly draw at Cambridge Unitedexternal-link, Jewell said he would not be replacing the Spaniard.

"I've been promoted twice [at Bradford and Wigan] without a fitness coach," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"The fitness levels of the players are fine, just because we haven't got a fitness coach, it doesn't mean we've been sitting on our backsides."

Jewell's men were 2-0 down within three minutes at the Abbey Stadium, after goals from Ryan Charles and Ashley Carew put the U's in front.

But Town salvaged a draw through a Michael Chopra brace.

Jewell added: "Michael looks sharp doesn't he?

"He's going to be a big plus for us, but we've got to improve in other areas too."

Jewell also confirmed he has had two bids for Millwall winger James Henry rejectedexternal-link and that he lost out on signing midfielder Guy Moussi, with the Frenchman opting to agree new terms at Nottingham Forest.

The Town boss, who has expressed an interest in Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham, still hopes for "at least three new faces to come in before the start of the season".