Giles Coke insists he bears no ill-feeling towards Sheffield Wednesday for offloading him over the summer.
The 29-year-old midfielder, released by the Owls at the end of last season, could line up against his former employers tomorrow.
Coke, who spent time on loan at Bolton Wanderers last season, recently agreed a two-year contract with Ipswich Town after impressing on trial.
He said: “It was kind of 50/50 (whether I would leave Wednesday). There was always talk of a takeover happening, then when it happens you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen.
“Stuart Gray left, it was all up in the air, and they’ve decided to go down a different direction. If that hadn’t happened I wouldn’t be here so I’m grateful for that.”
Coke is looking forward to catching up with some old pals, stressing: “I really enjoyed my time at Wednesday.
“I was there five years, had some ups and downs, but I’ve still got a lot of friends there. It was a big part of my career and there are no sour grapes at all.
“I haven’t really spoken to the boys about how they’ve been playing, to be honest, but you can see they’ve brought in a lot of foreign boys.
“They’ve got a foreign manager and it’s a lot different to how it was in the past but the boys say they’re really enjoying it.
“It’s a club that really should be up there. For whatever reason they haven’t been in recent years, but they’ve got investment now to go and bring in big names and big players.
“I’ve got no doubt that in a few years time they will get back to where they want to be.”
Coke made his Ipswich debut in their 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Stevenage on Tuesday.
“I’m quite confident in my ability, not in an arrogant way, but I feel like I’m good enough to play at this club,” he said. “I’m very lucky that Mick McCarthy has given me the opportunity.
“I didn’t know much about Mick. Obviously I know he is a very experienced manager, but you want to find out how people find him to work with and everyone I spoke to was saying good things.
“I believe he’s going to make me a better player. He’s got a really good coach in TC (Terry Connor), who the boys all love, as well.
“It’s a new beginning in my career and I can’t wait.”