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Wordsworth 'has tools for the Championship' - Dunne

Former Colchester United captain Anthony Wordsworth, who's joined Ipswich Town Photo: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Ipswich Town's newest signing Anthony Wordsworth has all the tools to play in the Championship - according to his former manager.

Colchester United boss Joe Dunne paid tribute to the 24 year old, who ended speculation over his future by signing for Ipswich a day before the January transfer window closed.

"They're getting a technical player" said Dunner. "Anthony was always one of our better technical players even since when he was younger. He can take set pieces, he can score, he can head, he's an all round midfielder.

"He's not majorly explosive in terms of his speed but he's got a good footballing brain, and I think Ipswich fans will like what he brings to the club".

Wordsworth, who could make his Ipswich debut against Middlesbrough on Saturday (February 2), turned pro with the U's in 2006 and made the first of his 199 career appearances a year later.

"He's been here for a long time Anthony, and he signed when he was fifteen and came through our system" Dunne added.

"We've got players in the first team at the moment, who are similar... Alex Gilbey, John White, Mark Cousins who've come through.

"It's a big part of the chairman's plans here. History also shows you with Greg Halford and other people. We're a producing club. We're an attractive opportunity for any young player to come here knowing that you'll get a chance".

Meanwhile Dunne doesn't expect too much transfer activity for the U's ahead of Saturday's League One clash with Portsmouth.

"We're pretty much done in everything we wanted to do before we got to this crazy day", Dunne said. "Maybe only one more I'll add in terms of that, That may change people start going out but I think it's going to be a pretty quiet day for us".

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