Former Manchester United winger desperate to lay down some roots at Ipswich Town
Cameron Stewart is determined to lay down some roots after signing a three-year deal at Portman Road.
The exciting winger, who began his career at Manchester United – without playing a game – spent time on loan at Blackburn, Burnley, Charlton and Leeds during his time at Hull City and also enjoyed a loan stint at Yeovil while on the books at Old Trafford.
It was during two of those temporary spells, at Charlton and Leeds, that Mick McCarthy was swayed towards signing the England Under-20 international and Stewart is delighted that he has sealed a move to Suffolk.
“It’s never easy trying to fit in as a loan player as you could be there for six months, or longer, and you often find yourself living out of your car or being based in a hotel room,” said Stewart.
“It will be nice to try and set some roots, get myself a home to live in and try to enjoy myself again.”
Stewart has made 97 appearances in the Football League but would have made more had it not been for an injury sustained at Ipswich in February 2011 while playing for Hull.
After recovering from his setback, Stewart spent large parts of his fledgling career on the road but insists he does not have a point to prove to Tigers’ boss Steve Bruce.
“You don’t want to prove a point to your former clubs in particular but you do try and prove something to yourself,” explained the Manchester-born winger.
“I am ambitious, I set myself targets and I want to get in the Premier League like everyone else does.”
Good club form can often lead to international call-ups and Stewart, who qualifies to play for Scotland through his family, would not rule that out if the opportunity arose further down the line.
However, for now, the level-headed youngster is determined to establish himself as a first-team regular at Ipswich.
“When I was a bit younger Sir Alex Ferguson did mention it (playing for Scotland,” said Stewart who joins fellow wingers Paul Anderson, Alex Henshall and Stephen Hunt at Portman Road.
“I was last called up for England Under-21s just after my knee injury and it is something to think about.
“You think about it of course, I think I qualify for England, Scotland and Jamaica, but I want to focus on doing well for my club before thinking about anything else.”