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Winger Tommy Oar leaves Ipswich Town

Tommy Oar has been allowed to leave Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have terminated the contract of Australian winger Tommy Oar.

Oar only joined in the summer, but has failed to settle in England.

The 24-year-old wants to move closer to his family in Australia, and although Town were keen to keep him, manager Mick McCarthy has reluctantly allowed him to leave.

"I’d like to thank Ipswich Town for their co-operation over ending my contract.

It’s a great club and the manager, staff and players made me feel very welcome but while I have enjoyed playing for Ipswich, I have found it difficult to settle into life in England.

I have been away from home for five or six years now. My family came over at Christmas and maybe I’ve got to a point where I want to be closer to home again.

It’s just one of those things where moving over here as not worked out as I had hoped but I’d like to wish the club, the manager, the staff and the players the best of luck over the rest of the season and I hope to be watching Ipswich in the Premier League next year.”

– Tommy Oar


Ipswich Town boss McCarthy signs new deal to stay at Portman Road

Mick McCarthy is staying at Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has extended his contract with the club until 2018.

McCarthy has had a big impact at Portman Road since joining in 2012 and led Town to the play-offs last season despite working on a limited budget.

Ipswich are competing again at the right end of The Championship and currently sit just outside the top six.

Assistant boss Terry Connor has also been given a new deal.

“TC (Terry Connor) and I are obviously delighted to have extended our contracts. We are really enjoying the job here and the results on the pitch have improved year on year.

In a relentless and tough league that the Championship is, that is testament to the hard work the players have put in. I think we have a team we can all be proud of and it’s mine and TC’s job to make sure that continues.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Foley reunited with former boss McCarthy at Ipswich Town

Kevin Foley has moved to Portman Road. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have completed the signing of former Wolves defender Kevin Foley.

Town have been on the lookout for a full-back since they sold Jonny Parr to Norwegian side Strømsgodset earlier this month.

31-year-old Foley was recently released by FC Copenhagen and played under manager Mick McCarthy at Wolves.

He's signed a contract until the end of the season.

“This is a great club and I’m delighted to be here.

It’s taken a bit of time due to the international clearance and stuff but I’m just happy it’s done now. I really enjoyed my time here anyway and a door sort of opened up for me once Jonny Parr departed.

I know the gaffer and TC (Terry Connor) from our days at Wolves and it’s great to work with them again. They know what I’m all about and likewise I know how they work."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Parr admits Ipswich Town didn't want him to leave

Jonny Parr has returned to Norway. Credit: PA

Former Ipswich Town defender Jonny Parr says that the club fought to keep him at Portman Road.

The Norwegian completed a move back to his homeland with Strømsgodset earlier this week.

Parr said that the time was right for him and his family to return to Scandinavia.

"They were not happy to let me go in Ipswich, but I figured that it was fine for us to go home to Norway now.

Godset was a sensible alternative. My ambitions and the club's go well together.

I am very excited to play left-back week in, week out. It's good to have one position to concentrate on. The way Strømsgodset is playing football is very nice, and I look forward to being a part of it."

– Jonny Parr, Strømsgodset


New Ipswich Town recruit: 'I couldn't turn down move to Portman Road'

Paul Digby in action for Barnsley. Credit: PA

New Ipswich Town loan signing Paul Digby says that he "couldn't turn down" the chance to join the club.

The 20-year-old moved to Portman Road on a season-long loan from League One strugglers Barnsley over the weekend.

Digby could earn a permanent move in the summer and is determined to impress his new manager Mick McCarthy.

“I’m buzzing to be here and I can’t wait to get started.

The move has been on the cards for a little while as I have been training with the lads for a few weeks and I’ve settled in really well with all the boys.

I haven’t played as much football as I would have liked at Barnsley but my match fitness is fine and I’m ready to go if called upon. This was an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down really.

The gaffer’s career speaks for itself and I feel I can only benefit from working with him and his coaches day in, day out as well as training alongside established, quality Championship players."

– Paul Digby, Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town recalls midfielder Luke Hyam from Rotherham

Luke Hyam in action for Ipswich Town Credit: PA Images

Ipswich Town have recalled midfielder Luke Hyam from his loan spell at fellow Championship side Rotherham.

The 24-year-old joined the Millers in November and made five appearances.

Town's manager Mick McCarthy has brought him back to Portman Road ahead of the busy festive schedule.

The midfielder will be in contention for a place in the team, for their Boxing Day clash against QPR.

Luke confirmed the news on social media:

Ipswich Town striker McGoldrick facing long spell on the sidelines

David McGoldrick faces a long spell on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have been dealt a blow with the news that their striker David McGoldrick has suffered a serious hamstring injury.

Manager Mick McCarthy confirmed that the Irish international will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tearing the muscle.

It's the latest setback for McGoldrick who has only managed to start eight games so far this season.

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