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Tommy Smith: Long-serving Ipswich Town defender moves to the MLS

Tommy Smith has spent more than a decade at Ipswich. Credit: PA

Long-serving Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith has left the club to join MLS side Colorado Rapids for an undisclosed fee.

The New Zealand international has spent the last 13 years at Portman Road after coming through the club's academy.

He impressed while on trial as a 14-year-old and went on to make more than 250 first team appearances.

The 27-year-old has signed a two-year deal with Colorado where he will link-up with his former New Zealand manager, Anthony Hudson.

In a message to fans on Ipswich 's official website, Smith admitted that it was a "big wrench" to leave Suffolk.

Smith scored against rivals Norwich City in the 2015 Championship play-offs. Credit: PA

“I’ve got a lot of love for the club and the town itself and it’s going to feel strange not coming here in the mornings," he said.

“It’s a big wrench to leave and it’s not a decision I have taken lightly but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to taking on.

“You can never be sure but when my football career is over, my wife and I intend to return to Ipswich and make it our home again.

“My last day at the training ground on Friday was a very emotional time, saying goodbye to the players and the staff. Tears were flowing but I hope to be back at the club in some capacity in future years.

"I want to thank the fans for all their support over the years and wish the club every success in the future.

“I will miss the club immensely but I am looking forward to the challenge I face with the Rapids. Hopefully some fans would like to follow my progress out there."

Meanwhile, MK Dons defender Callum Brittain has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal at Stadium MK.

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