Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says the Tractor Boys’ new ‘silver’ fox could make 2014 a golden year

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Perhaps my casting of Mick McCarthy as Rumpelstiltskin in August was a precious metal away from revealing his masterstroke.

Rather than straw into gold, could it be silver, or Sylvan, that is the key element for our white-bearded one?

Ebanks-Blake reportedly turned down Burnley and Leicester City for Town.

Yes, this the same geographical outpost both Roy Keane and Paul Jewell bemoaned so much.

Mick certainly knows the magic within those boots after the 27-year-old twice won the golden boot on the same stage for his Wolverhampton Wanderers side.

If he can get THAT player back out on the pitch, the same one who still has fans drooling over THAT goal against Charlton (see YouTube), I believe we’re in business to make a charge for the top six.

I had predicted eighth, as a lack of goals worried me.

We’re still short in midfield, but with a strikeforce of McGoldrick, Ebanks-Blake, Murphy, Taylor, Marriott and Nouble (in that order), there is now top-six firepower in our ranks.

Ahead of six days which will see us play three times — at Doncaster Rovers on Boxing Day, AFC Bournemouth Sunday and at home to Charlton on New Year’s Day (all 3pm) — add a fit Stephen Hunt in, and we now have good options.

I’ve always been proud to be associated with Ipswich fans — we’re generally rock bottom of violence tables, a landlord’s dream and carrying a good ‘ol Suffolk wit.

But to see ‘supporters’ turning on one of their own in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Watford, after Luke Hyam’s miss, was an absolute disgrace.

Add in the head injury he soldiered on with, and I hope it leaves those groaning about him thoroughly red-faced.

As for the rest of you: Happy New Year and continue to get behind your team in 2014. It could be a golden one, or should I say silver...