Town have announced the re-signing of striker Will Keane on a one-year contract with an option of a further season.
Keane initially moved to Portman Road on loan from Hull City in January and scored three goals in nine starts and two sub appearances but spent much of his time in Suffolk on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old was subsequently released by the Tigers in May and has spent the summer getting over the injury.
Stockport-born Keane came through the ranks at Manchester United where he made two sub appearances in the Premier League and spent spells out on loan at Wigan, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.
In August 2016, Hull paid the Red Devils a reported £1.02 million for 6ft 2in tall Keane, who has been capped by England at U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 levels, but who switched international allegiance to the Republic of Ireland earlier in the year.
A serious knee ligament injury - the second of his career, he previously missed the whole of the 2012/13 campaign - saw him sidelined for more than a year of football with the Tigers and he made only 11 starts and 15 sub appearances, scoring once, for the East Yorkshiremen.
Keane said in January that he would be keen on joining the Blues on a longer-term basis.
“Would a permanent move to Ipswich appeal, even if it meant League One football? Yes, definitely," he said.
"I’ve been really impressed by the size of the club and all the facilities – training ground and stadium – as well as the fans. You can see it’s a great set-up and something I’ve really enjoyed being a part of so far."
The striker could be Town's final signing of the summer with manager Paul Lambert having targeted three additions before the window closes on September 2nd.
Keane joins right-back Kane Vincent-Young and loanee left winger Anthony Georgiou, who signed yesterday.
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Absolutely awesome signing. Always rated this guy highly, and if he can stay fit he will be a great addition to our squad. Great in his hold up play, he’s a smart footballer and is technically gifted. Could be a good player to use behind Norwood as well in a 4-2-3-1.
Very happy with this one - seems like he’s got a decent attitude as well. COYB!
Almost every post here has an "if" in it. That's my big worry too. Let's hope it works out because we definitely need more firepower. Welcome back, Will. Perhaps you can do a reverse McGoldrick for us.
Very pleased they finally signed him on a permanent deal, looked good last year until his injury, gives us some height up front which we were lacking. Just hope he stays fit and I believe thats what everyones hoping for.
I would agree he is an excellent signing at League One level - but only if he plays - and in that could be the problem. His injury record is terrible and frankly we have a lot of injuries at the moment. It’s debatable whether we can afford to carry a player who misses a lot more than he plays. Let’s hope he stays fit because he will score goals, but not from the treatment room!
Oh dear I'm probably going to be classed as a moaner then I reckon. He was classed as injury prone when he joined us last time and his record when he was with us justified that, so I for one can't see the point of signing someone who gets injured too often and misses a lot of games. I do however hope I'm proved wrong. I'd rather sign someone who isn't injury prone and is always fit and is a good player but wait........that involves paying a decent fee. If they are a good player however and go on to better themselves they will be worth a decent fee when Mr Evans wants to sell them.
Now we have a decent squad in League 1. Top two is now possible. Get everyone fit. Just cut out our defensive slips and we are ready to compete. The squad is now far superior to the start of 20182019. Come on you Tractorboys.
The only thing ME might regret about this signing is not getting him on a longer deal, though I can see why he went with one year plus an option. Daryl Murphy was never deemed a prolific striker, if even a striker at all, when he joined and I think WK can do even better.He is easily PL class and I could see a contract extension on the table before long.
Hopefully we dont take any chances with his current fitness and get him fully up to speed before bringing him in.
I think all of the problem positions are filled, with a good balance of youth and experience apart possibly for the goalkeeper position, where hopefully both will learn fast as neither have much experience at a high level.
Has us Evans stopped treating us mean and looking to keep us Keane? ;-) Lambert clearly thinks the potential upside of getting Keane back is worth the calculated risk. Let's hope the gamble pays off. If it does it will look like a great piece of business. Fingers crossed folks! Excited to see how Norwood and Keane might link up. Interesting times ahead...