Uche Ikpeazu is looking forward to life at Wycombe Wanderers after swapping Hearts for the English Championship.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men were thought to be League One relegation candidates last term. Instead, they won promotion to the English Championship and have made Ikpeazu their first signing since their play-off win over Oxford United.
Ikpeazu started brightly at Hearts but a combination of injury and the team’s troubles meant there were mixed fortunes for him during his spell at Tynecastle. He did score two derby goals against Hibs though and gave 100% on the 55 occasions he pulled on maroon. He’s now looking forward to life as a Chairboy after signing a three-year deal with the newly promoted Championship team.
“I’m absolutely buzzing,” said Ikpeazu (Wycombe FC). “I’ve known the gaffer for a few years now so to finally get to work with him is amazing. I’m excited, one of my goals was to be in the Championship by 25.
“I’ve achieved that so now it’s time to work hard and that starts now. On my day I feel as if I can be a handful and I need to make that every day. I like to hold up the ball and bring my teammates into play.
“Just occupying the two centre-halves and putting the ball in the back of the net which I’ll aim to do this season. It’s a tight-knit group, all the lads have made me feel so welcome. All the lads are so close and that’s what football is about.
“I’ve worked so hard during the lockdown. To finally have a game coming up, I’m buzzing.”
Ikpeazu also issued his own statement to the Hearts faithful, putting out in a Twitter post his thanks and last dig at Hibs: “I just want to say a big thank you to Heart of Midlothian FC, especially Craig Levein and Ann Budge, for giving me the opportunity to come and represent such a massive club.
“I have had some amazing memories, particularly beating the wee team… twice! I genuinely wish the club all the very best and I know they are in safe hands with the gaffer Robbie Neilson.”