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Jewell Confirms Ingimarsson Deal
Jewell Confirms Ingimarsson Deal
Monday, 13th Jun 2011 14:08

Town boss Paul Jewell has confirmed that released Reading defender Ivar Ingimarsson has agreed a one-year deal with the Blues. TWTD reported on Friday that the 33-year-old Icelander had undergone a medical at Portman Road last week and was set to join the club.

Jewell says he has no problem with the one-time Wolves man’s advanced years: “At Bradford we were called 'Dad’s Army', I’ve always had experienced defenders in my side.

"His age doesn’t concern me, he played 25 games for Reading last season and he knows the game inside out.”

The Blues manager added: "I had a chat with Ivar while we were both in Spain and it's all sorted out, he will be with us for the first day of pre-season.

"He's an experienced player who knows what the Championship is all about.

"When I look back at my time at Bradford and Wigan, I had players there like De Vos, De Zeeuw, Matt Jackson. They were older heads, an integral part of the team.

"Ivar knows what this league is all about. He knows what it takes to be successful and I'm delighted that he will be with us next season."

Capped 30 times by his country, Ingimarsson began his career in his home country with Valur and IBV before joining Torquay United on loan in October 1999.

A £200,000 switch to Brentford followed a month later, then in July 2002, having been linked with George Burley's Blues, the 6ft ½in tall defender joined Wolves on a free transfer but made little impact at Molineux before moving on to Reading for £175,000 in October 2003.

Since then Ingimarsson, a close friend of former Blue Hermann Hreidarsson, has been a hugely influential figure at the Madejski Stadium, making 276 starts and five sub appearances, scoring 12 goals and also captaining the side. Injuries, however, limited his involvement during 2010/11.

Town are also understood to have made an offer for Preston’s Irish international Sean St Ledger and have been linked with Bournemouth’s Jason Pearce with Paul Jewell likely to be looking for two central defenders this summer to replace the exiting Gareth McAuley and his deputy Troy Brown, while youngster Tom Eastman has also left the club.

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youidiots added 14:10 - Jun 13
more please PJ!!!

FennersITFC added 14:13 - Jun 13
decent signing, should bring good experience to the defence..

bluemonday added 14:13 - Jun 13
GET IN !!!!!!! great player.....

NITFC added 14:13 - Jun 13
That'll do for me Jewelly

JimmyJazz added 14:14 - Jun 13
Jason de Vos was such an experienced and older head that after leaving Wigan he joined us

RetroBlue added 14:16 - Jun 13
based on these two recent signings...this coming season looks like being a breath of fresh air for long suffering Town fans . More good news to follow shortly, I feel!

itfc1981 added 14:17 - Jun 13
a great partner for St Ledger, Delaney on the bench

jollyroger added 14:19 - Jun 13
2 done 5 more to come

GreenwichBlue added 14:19 - Jun 13
Good addition. While not one for the long term GMac was hardly a spring chick either.

Royalblue added 14:20 - Jun 13
Am I being silly here - has he actually signed I thought it was supposed to be official when he got back from holiday

Infineteregress added 14:22 - Jun 13
Another good siging in just the right place: A solid and experienced championship centre back for free on a realistic length contract. Good Work PJ, keep em coming!

DoctorPolski added 14:23 - Jun 13
If his age is not a concern then why only a one year deal?

TotalBlue added 14:24 - Jun 13
Get in there We have finally replace the Wizard De Vos sorry phil nicked your headline with the wizard..

We finally seem to have a proper manager I posted a while ago that I thought maybe Clegg was getting bad press due to Keanes comments about having players ready to sign etc etc I now honestly believe I was right(oops now in bother other half doesnt allow me to be right without her permission lol).

I think Clegg has to learn but I think he has the perfect tutor in Jewell sadly his previous tutor was slightly flawed!!!!!

Smithy added 14:24 - Jun 13
Joining on the 1st of July, great signing the leader we have been missing

BerlinBlue added 14:25 - Jun 13
agree that we shouldn't be worrying about his age... as PJ says he played 25 games last season and has bucketloads of experience. candidate for captain?

Matteo_Sereni added 14:28 - Jun 13
Good news...more experience needed!

Tillz9 added 14:31 - Jun 13
Good deal - 1 yr contract so if he hardly plays we can not extend but if he dies well I doubt there will be massive competition to renew his contract next year. Sensible move and a good solid performer

suffolkpoker added 14:35 - Jun 13
happy days - especiall only on a 1 year deal. i thought we would have to give a 2 year deal. very shrewd again :)

Tillz9 added 14:35 - Jun 13
*does well -- he ain't that old !!

Barhamblue added 14:35 - Jun 13
Good work PJ, welcome aboard Ivor. Thanks as always to ME

spanish_archer added 14:36 - Jun 13
Excellent News.

blueblood66 added 14:42 - Jun 13
good signing..but we need a pacey centre half as well please? Cheers

TractorBeezer added 14:46 - Jun 13
That's good. Welcome on board Ivar.

tractaboy added 14:48 - Jun 13
Good stuff , 2 in over a weekend.
Can't say I know much about him, but if he's being compared to De Vos thats good enough for me! Hardly much of a risk on a free on a 1 year deal.
Welcome Ivar, now lets plug that defense.

ITFCMonk added 14:52 - Jun 13
Brilliant player!

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