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Town Re-Sign Ambrose
Thursday, 11th Sep 2014 11:02

Town have re-signed former midfielder Darren Ambrose on a short-term deal until January. The 30-year-old had been training with the Blues in recent weeks and has twice featured for the U21s.

Ambrose, who will wear the number 29 shirt, joins John Wark, Tommy Miller, Richard Wright and Daryl Murphy as one of a select few players to have had three or more spells with the Blues.

Having come through the Town academy, he made his senior debut at Arsenal close to the end of the Blues' 2001/02 Premier League campaign.

After establishing himself in the Town side after relegation, he was sold less than a year later to Newcastle for £1 million as the club sought to raise cash having gone into administration. He had made only 25 starts and 12 sub appearances, scoring 11 goals.

Ambrose subsequently moved to Charlton before rejoining the Blues for two months on loan during the 2008/09 season but failed to win a permanent deal having made a further six starts and three sub appearances without adding to his Town goals.

A spell with Crystal Palace followed before he joined Birmingham in July 2012.

The Harlow-born player was released by the Midlanders at the end of last season following a loan spell with Greek side Apollon Smyrni.

Ambrose, who moved back to West Suffolk earlier in the summer, played for Colchester against the Blues in pre-season before joining up with the Town squad to train three weeks ago.

Meanwhile, ex-West Ham man Jack Collison has been spotted back with the Blues squad. Like Ambrose the 25-year-old has been training at Playford Road in recent weeks.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace have reiterated that they have received no loan offers for ex-Blues loanee Jonny Williams, despite a number of Championship clubs - including Town - having registered their interest.

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pazelle added 11:05 - Sep 11

mbisgrove added 11:05 - Sep 11
I was hoping this would happen. Obviously he's 'naturally' a winger, but played very very well in the centre of the park vs Sheff Wednesday u21's, made some great incisive FORWARD passes and his long balls out to the wingers were spot on. If he plays how he did then in the first team, he will be an asset i'm sure.

Welcome back Darren.

COYB11 added 11:06 - Sep 11
Would have probably preferred Collison as has more recent premier league experience and 5 years younger. Saw ambrose in the game against col u and didn't really do anything. however in Mick I trust, must have shown decent attitude and he does have quality. just have to hope he's fully fit. COYB

WadeyBlue added 11:06 - Sep 11
Thank fk.

Jimmy86 added 11:09 - Sep 11
Good news and hopefully can add some much needed creativity to our workman like midfield. Now what about collison on the same sort of deal?? Is he still at the club?? Anyway welcome back Darren

mroberts added 11:17 - Sep 11
Nice to see Darren back but im guessing another cheap option. Why hasn't Mick made a move for Jonny williams and where has the money for Cresswell gone. I give up with Ipswich if they think they can improve the squad with no money at all.

paulcooperisgod added 11:21 - Sep 11
I saw him when playing for colchester and he was the best player on the park. Welcome back

Geoff added 11:22 - Sep 11
Welcome back showed a lot of promise in those heady days was sold on very cheap never achieved his promise else where.Think when fit can do things for us again.

Wallingford_Boy added 11:23 - Sep 11
mroberts - the money for Cresswell has gone on wages of the decent freebies we got over the summer, plus will go towards luring players such as Williams back. I don't understand why people don't get this?!?! Ian Milne went through all this in an interview recently, surely paying a half decent wage to attract someone to the club is better than spending money for the sake of it?!

NorseBlue added 11:24 - Sep 11
Welcome back Darren. Another Academy Graduate playing for ITFC to help ensure Category 1 being granted next year. Excellent player and let's hope he really excels again. You left far too soon before, so let's hope your brilliant set-pieces, general work-rate and eye for goal get us up the table.

blueblood66 added 11:25 - Sep 11
great to have him back, a real talent maybe he can shine again for us?

WorcesterBlue added 11:25 - Sep 11
Best young player apart from Dyer I've seen at PR since the glory days and his sale was a major barrier to us regaining promotion in my opinion (though I accept we needed the money). Hopefully injuries and being in the wilderness for a few years haven't blunted his appetite and ability and he can give us some much needed quality. Short deal, time to shine, no risk to us. Happy.

mroberts added 11:32 - Sep 11
Hi Wallingford_Boy

Spent the money on decent freebies i don't think so. Bejner , are you calling him decent i don't think so , Henshall, quite good but he wont get a look in for a while, Who else do you call decent freebies

mroberts added 11:33 - Sep 11
Why would Williams want to rejoin a club that has no ambition

Geoff added 11:36 - Sep 11

Geoff added 11:40 - Sep 11
Dids was free or do you think he is not decent there is a lot out their just need an old fashioned scout to go and find these players like we used to in the old days.

HighgateBlue added 11:40 - Sep 11
Ambrose being 30 makes me feel very old!!!

Welcome back though!

NorseBlue added 11:45 - Sep 11
mroberts - Didz, Berra, Gerken, & Parr. The Henshall looks excellent every time he comes on, Bru looked inventive and skilful at Derby, Stewart should be excellent when he start playing, and Bajner is a developing young striker. Then we have the young players coming through including Hyam and now Teddy Bishop who was superb as Derby. There is real hope at itfc!!!

TimmyH added 11:45 - Sep 11
Hmmm...personally feel he's past his best, well he's got 90 odd days to prove himself and hopefully this won't be at the expense of us trying to get a Premiership midfielder on loan.
Wish him all the best though.

NorseBlue added 11:46 - Sep 11
mroberts - Didz, Berra, Gerken, & Parr. Henshall looks excellent every time he comes on, Bru looked inventive and skilful at Derby, Stewart should be excellent when he starts playing, and Bajner is a developing young striker. Then we have the young players coming through including Hyam and now Teddy Bishop who was superb at Derby. There is real hope at itfc!!!

COYB11 added 11:46 - Sep 11

'I give up with Ipswich' stop wasting everyone's time with negative comments.

We have brought in decent players with the Creswell money, Bru has played well in the last couple of games, Henshall has shown pace and a desire to run at opposition and Stewart still injured but I've heard/seen good things in action for previous clubs.

Finally, who needs lots of money anyway when we have promising youngsters such as Teddy Bishop, Luke Hyam and Clarke giving it everything in the first team.

battyblue added 11:47 - Sep 11
The jury is out on this one will have to wait and seethe outcome in Mick i do not trust!! my prediction for Saturday is Skuse back in Chambers back in = the guys who earned us a point at Derby on the bench if lucky.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 11:52 - Sep 11
Great to see one or our own back. I'm doubtful whether he can reach the heights of previous years owing to injuries, but at least he provides another option. Welcome (again) Darren!

oncebluealwaysblue added 11:59 - Sep 11
Sorry, but as i said a few weeks back, how can we have just signed a player that couldn't break into the colcehster squad.


TractorCam added 12:03 - Sep 11
Would have preferred Collison, Ambrose failed to get a contract at Blackpool and Colchester... but looked decent in the U21 game last week.

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