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Chaplin Signing Confirmed
Tuesday, 27th Jul 2021 18:25

Town have confirmed the signing of Conor Chaplin from Barnsley.

The 24-year-old forward joins on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £750,000.

“Maybe people looking in from the outside and seeing me drop from the Championship to League One might think it’s surprising but I don’t want to be in this division for long and Ipswich match my own ambitions,” Chaplin told iFollow Ipswich.

“It’s a massive club anyway but speaking to the gaffer and the people here, I can see what they want to achieve.

“As a player it’s important to play for a club that wants to really go somewhere and it’s exciting to be part of that.

“Obviously I know the gaffer well from our time together at Portsmouth and he was a big part in me coming here as well. I know how he likes his teams to play and I know how he is as a manager as well. There are no grey areas and that’s important to me. I can’t wait to get going now.”

Blues boss Paul Cook added: “I worked with Conor at Portsmouth and he is one of the nicest young men you could meet. He’s an infectious character, he loves football and he will settle into the dressing room in five minutes.

“He’s a natural finisher too. He’s probably the best finisher I have ever worked with in fact.

“With our attacking options now, I feel like we could be in a place where we can score goals at any stage in a game - that’s exciting.”

Chaplin is the Blues’ 10th signing of the summer and the second today following the addition of central defender George Edmundson.

Town CEO, Mark Ashton said: “It’s been a busy day and we are delighted to bring both George and Conor to the club. We wish them every success here.

“We are continuing to work on adding to the squad further before the season kicks off on 7th August and we will see what develops over the coming days.”

Chaplin came through the youth system at Pompey having joined them aged six and broke into their senior side in 2014/15 and was a regular in Cook’s side at Fratton Park after he took over at the start of the following campaign and a member of the squad which carried off the 2016/17 League Two title.

Worthing-born Chaplin joined Coventry on loan in the summer of 2018 with the move becoming a permanent switch in the January. The following summer he moved to Barnsley on a four-year deal.

In 2020/21 5ft 7in tall Chaplin, who plays wide or centrally as a number 10, made 34 starts and five sub appearances, scoring four goals.

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powinswitch added 18:26 - Jul 27
You cannot fault the ambition of the club, or the fact that we have done significant business before the season starts. Welcome Conor. I hope your stay is enjoyable and successful

WhoisJimmyJuan added 18:27 - Jul 27
I'm actually losing count if the signings now-! Never known anything like it! Excited. Just hope they can gel as acteam quickly!

aas1010 added 18:31 - Jul 27

RobITFC added 18:32 - Jul 27
oh dear Danny Crowley will be having a little tantrum . Welcome to ITFC Conor , great signing.

PortmanTerrorist added 18:34 - Jul 27
So peculiar. I absolutely love what's happening with our team and yet I don't recognise hardly any of them!! Strange but happy.... and more strange faces to come. Bring it on, COYB!

PS Still think Downes has a role to play though....if he wants it

markchips added 18:34 - Jul 27
Cracking signing and can cover two or more positions

jas0999 added 18:39 - Jul 27
Great news!

oldbri added 18:39 - Jul 27
Hi Conor, welcome to chequebook fc.

therein61 added 18:39 - Jul 27
He is without doubt a very good addition he's hard grafting and can fit in several different roles when subs come on.

itsonlyme added 18:39 - Jul 27
Wow! How can anyone now doubt the ambitions and determination to be one of the top clubs in the country again from our American owners. The decline seems to have come to a fantastic halt with a bang.
I am convinced PC will lead us to the promised land. COYB.

Len_Brennan added 18:40 - Jul 27
Best day of recruitment we've had in years.

Welshblue72 added 18:41 - Jul 27
Good day for our club today, we lost our Bishop but the Chaplin came in to guide us out of this league 😀💙 coyb

Linkboy13 added 18:41 - Jul 27
There was some suggestion on this site that he might be on the bench as an impact player. After 35 appearances in the championship last season i dont think so. Having seen him on the EFL show on Quest he could be our most exciting signing and be a crowd favourite. The anti Cook brigade on here will be very dissapointed that he's another non scouser what is it with Cook im starting to think he's got something against scousers. COYB

Pippin1970 added 18:42 - Jul 27
Ashton wants to add more before August the 7th. This season is going to be one hell of a ride.

grinch added 18:42 - Jul 27
2 excellent signings another CB and it would be fantastic

dyersdream added 18:45 - Jul 27
Don’t know why cowley is moaning his parents are town fans 😀

Oldboy added 18:47 - Jul 27
What a signing that is. We are building not just a great squad for this league, but a decent one for when we go up. Brilliant work.

itfcserbia added 18:49 - Jul 27
For me this is our best signing so far. Clever technical player that can play anywhere in the last third. Welcome Conor.

Saxonblue74 added 18:49 - Jul 27
This is fantastic! I check TWTD every hour these days just to keep abreast of the goings on! The great thing here is the calibre of signings will encourage others to follow. Come on Bersant, you know you want to!

BlueRuin69 added 18:51 - Jul 27
Wow! August 7th is going to be rocking! Coyb!

dukey44 added 18:52 - Jul 27
How long have we waited for a summer like this... Wow.. Hope upon hope they smash it from 1st fixture on wards👍

cranky_old_tractor added 18:57 - Jul 27
Superb day. Come on Chequebook FC.....:)

Bazza8564 added 18:57 - Jul 27
Saxonblue Im on every 15 minutes, I even emailed Phil earlier about an APP with push notifications so we keep up instantly on our phones....sadly not yet, if anybody does APP development get in touch with him its not his forte...

Its awesome, i missed CP on Saturday but Ive got my seat for Millwall and I cant wait to see the new side play.

I just hope all those who had a real go at Cookie with the honesty about players moving on can now see what he had in mind.


Drifter3012 added 19:00 - Jul 27
2 class signings today. Hoping all these players can gel together to make us Town fans proud of our club again.
I truly feel we are building for a very good chance for more than 1 promotion in the next few seasons.
Looking forward to Chaplin & Piggot getting a brace each against Chelsea in the Premier League in 2024.
Well I can dream!

runaround added 19:02 - Jul 27
Welcome to Portman Road Conor. This signing excites me more than the other 9 in some ways as he has been playing regularly at a higher level and I have been impressed when I have seen him play. Almost everything is in place now for a promotion push. No excuses. Over to Paul Cook, the players and coaches. I can’t wait for August 7th

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