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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna on former Leeds United defender Leif Davis as he confirms Dominic Ball will miss Bolton Wanderers clash



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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna says new signing Leif Davis is 'ready to make an impact straight away' ahead of the first game of the season.

The Blues begin their campaign at home to Bolton Wanderers in front of a near-sell out crowd at Portman Road, and the left-back could make his first appearance in a Town shirt.

Davis joined Town on a three-year deal from Leeds United on Monday in a reported seven-figure plus fee.

Leif Davis is ready to make an impact according to Kieran McKenna. Picture: ITFC
Leif Davis is ready to make an impact according to Kieran McKenna. Picture: ITFC

Ahead of the season opener, McKenna believes the 22-year-old is a player who ticks a lot of boxes.

"There is lots to like about Leif," said the Town boss. "We spoke last season about a big focus on our recruitment was looking for hungry, young athletic and highly technical player and I think he ticks all four of those boxes.

"He is a player who can have a big impact for us now as a really attacking left-back, but also a player who can grow and develop with us in the future.

Dominic Ball is unavailable for the game against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Dominic Ball is unavailable for the game against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"He is someone who has the potential to player higher and obviously wants to play higher in his career."

Asked whether Davis could feature on Saturday, McKenna added: "He is ready to make an impact straight away. He looks fit. He has played in four of Leeds' pre-season friendlies, so he is fit and ready and available for selection."

One player who will not feature against Bolton is midfielder Dominic Ball.

The 26-year-old missed pre-season friendlies against Millwall and Southend with a knock, but could return for the first away game of the season at Forest Green.

"Dom needs a little bit more time but everyone else is available," said Kieran McKenna.

"He’ll hopefully return to the grass with the group next week."