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Ipswich Town sign new goalkeeper

Ipswich Town have signed goalkeeper Scott Loach from Watford Photo: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Ipswich Town have signed goalkeeper Scott Loach on a three-year deal from Watford for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old started his career with Town's Academy before his family moved away from the Ipswich area.

Nottingham-born Loach has been a life-long Blues fan. He said: "As soon as I was aware of Ipswich Town's interest there was no doubt in my mind about coming here. I've been an Ipswich fan all my life. I was coming to games since the age of 6 and have always enjoyed coming back."

"It's not quite sunk in yet but I'm here to show that I may have the ability but I also have the commitment that I'm Ipswich through and through. Words can't express how excited I am.I'm very grateful for what Watford have done for me but that chapter is behind me now."

– Scott Loach

Ipswich agreed a fee with the Hornets earlier this week, allowing Scott to travel to Suffolk for talks and a medical, before signing the deal which has the option of an additional year.

Loach was born in Nottingham. After leaving the Ipswich Academy he went on to have spells in the Academies of Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield, before signing as an apprentice at Lincoln, prior to his move to Watford in 2006.

"It's an incredibly important part of the jigsaw so having a top-quality goalkeeper like Scott here will hopefully make a big difference."

– Simon Clegg, Ipswich Town Chairman

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