Ipswich Town have signed striker Luke Varney on a deal until the end of the season.
The 33-year-old spent the backend of last season on loan at Portman Road but suffered a serious achilles injury in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to rivals Norwich City.
Varney could be in line to make his second debut for the club in tomorrow's clash against Derby County.
“Reg (Luke Varney) is a terrific character and I’m delighted he has signed.
So are the rest of the players.
He had a horrible injury at the end of last season, snapping his achilles but he stayed here to do his rehab and showed what a professional he is in the way he has conducted his rehab."
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Ipswich Town players will be spreading a bit of festive cheer this afternoon.
They'll be visiting sick Children at Colchester General Hospital in Essex.
The Tractor Boys' Jonathan Douglas,Tommy Oar, Piotr Malarczyk and Freddie Sears will hand out gifts for those staying at the Children’s Unit.
The footballers will also chat with them, sign autographs and meet parents, siblings and staff.
“It’s never nice to be in hospital, especially at Christmas time, so if we can spread some festive fun by spending time with patients, families and hospital staff, then we are more than happy to oblige.”
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that he doesn't expect his singing career to take off anytime soon after a charity single he recorded back in the 90s resurfaced on the internet this week.
McCarthy recorded a cover of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood's song 'Did You Ever' alongside Eurovision winner Linda Martin in 1991, with the single reaching number 15 in the Irish charts.
The single was forgotten about for 24 years but was unearthed again recently.
The Town boss admits he's received "plenty of stick" for his part in the duet and will be glad when the hype settles down again.
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"I don't think it will be going viral this Christmas!
It's a bit like a flushing toilet, it sounds better when the lid's gone down and it's gone away to be honest!"
Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United on loan until January.
The 24-year-old has recently returned from a long-term injury, and will be hoping to get some first team action under his belt in Yorkshire.
Hyam will stay with the Millers until January 23, but Town have the option to recall him at 24 hours notice after 28 days of the loan.
“I spoke to my agent and the Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy and they told me that Rotherham were interested in taking me on loan
They asked me what I thought and I was keen to come straight away. I always look forward to a challenge. I’ve never moved previously. I’ve always played at Ipswich all my career but I just need to play some games now so this is a great opportunity.”
Ipswich Town striker James Alabi has joined Conference side Grimsby Town on a month's loan.
The former Stoke City man has found first team chances hard to come by since moving to Portman Road in the summer.
Alabi could make his Grimsby debut against Kidderminster at the weekend.
Former Ipswich Town and England captain Terry Butcher says he's not surprised there's still support for the latest online auction in memory of the late Sir Bobby Robson.
Bidding is underway for around a hundred items, including 'once in a lifetime' experiences, for the event launched in Suffolk.
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