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Morsy Confirmed as Final Signing of Window
Tuesday, 31st Aug 2021 21:33

Town have confirmed the signing of midfielder Samy Morsy from Middlesbrough on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Blues’ 19th and final senior addition of the transfer window.

News that Morsy was being targeted by Town emerged over the weekend but it’s believed manager Paul Cook has had his eye on his former Chesterfield and Wigan captain throughout the summer.

“I’m absolutely delighted. My relationship with Samy is there for everyone to see dating back to when we were at Chesterfield together,” Cook told the club site.

"Samy, again, has been a long-term target. He’s someone that we have had to be patient with and wait to bring in similarly to Bersant Celina.

“They were both long-term targets and we’re absolutely delighted to have them both at the club. 

"I can only thank Mark Ashton and the owners for their continued backing for bringing in a strong character and a good player like Samy Morsy."

The Egyptian international was understood to be happy with Boro and wary about dropping into League One but the lure of playing for Cook once again appears to have persuaded the 29-year-old to move down a division.

Middlesbrough were unwilling to allow Morsy to depart until they added to their midfield options and just over an hour ago they confirmed the signing of James Lea Siliki on loan from Renne.

It seems likely that Cook will hand Morsy the skipper's armband worn so far this season by Lee Evans on what has always appeared a temporary basis.

Early in the window, Morsy began following Town on Twitter leading to speculation that a reunion with Cook might well be on the cards, while the Blues boss name-checked his former skipper when discussing consistency in one of his early Town press conferences.

Defensive midfielder Morsy was a youth player with hometown club Wolves and Port Vale where he made his breakthrough into senior football.

Cook took him to the Spireites in July 2013 and helped them to the League Two title in his first season, before he joined the Latics for a fee of £200,000 in January 2016 prior to the Blues boss taking over at the DW Stadium. Morsy helped Wigan to the League One titles in 2015/16 and under Cook 2017/18.

While a Latic, Morsy spent time on loan at Barnsley and joined Boro in September 2020, signing a three-year deal.

Morsy was shown a straight red card in what’s set to become his final appearance for the Teessiders, Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Blackburn.

That dismissal would see him miss three games, although Boro announced their intention to appeal.

Morsy completes a remarkable summer for the Blues with 19 senior additions - plus development squad member Callum Page - signed, while 23 professionals have departed on a permanent basis - as well as last year's six loanees - since April.

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Unhinged_dynamo added 21:34 - Aug 31
Absolutely cracking signing,, very happy with today's work from the club

ArnieM added 21:34 - Aug 31
Get in there woooaaaah !!!!


Satt_Man added 21:35 - Aug 31

GrantOB92 added 21:35 - Aug 31
Whisper filth in my ear

fergalsharkey added 21:35 - Aug 31
Welcome Mr Morsy.

Scribble added 21:36 - Aug 31
Great signing, be interesting to see how the midfield lines up now. I think there is something there in that partnership with Harper and Evans, I think with a defensive minded player behind them they could move up the pitch with more confidence and create more chances. I don’t think Scott Fraser has looked great in the 10 position so he would be the one I’d sacrifice.

LesTibbetsbrokenleg added 21:36 - Aug 31

Spanishblueblood added 21:37 - Aug 31
Bloody brilliant, makes you proud to be a Town fan once again!!

algarvefan added 21:38 - Aug 31
Brilliant, didn't think it would happen earlier!!

Now where are the keys, lets get that Tractor rolling up the league.


sw20tractor added 21:38 - Aug 31
Excellent news! Definitely feels like this is the last piece of a the jigsaw needed. Welcome Samy!!

braveblue added 21:38 - Aug 31
What a great job done by Ashton. Excellent. So good to have a professional rather than the muppets we have seen over the past 10 years. Well done.

timkatieadamitfc added 21:40 - Aug 31
Fantastic, really hoping this is the player that finally sees us click, desperately needed a player like him.
Well done everyone at ITFC, good gk good cdm and Celina as a bonus, what’s to moan about

filobiz added 21:41 - Aug 31
incredible! HERE WE GO!

andysteed007 added 21:41 - Aug 31
Permanent 3 years final piece of town jigsaw Ashton is r 20th signing or 1st what a transfer window coyb

brassy added 21:41 - Aug 31
just want to thank owners and management for keeping there promisses and giving us a new squad well done all C.O.Y.Bs

davidsc1971 added 21:43 - Aug 31
I've just sprayed my shorts

TractorBeezer added 21:45 - Aug 31
Christmas is very early this year! Well done Cookie and Ashton.

A big welcome to Ipswich for the newcomers.

BossMan added 21:46 - Aug 31
Welcome skip. Fantastic news

1psw1ch added 21:48 - Aug 31
Another great signing,,,, can't argue with the club with the quality of players we have brought in,,,, time to turn the draws into wins,,, coyb

spanishblue added 21:48 - Aug 31
Pretty fair to say the owners more than delivered there part, aided in no small way by Ashton snd his team 10 days to get them on the March,how many fans at the next home game ?

luckydiddy added 21:49 - Aug 31
Saw on another thread someone sayiong Ashton might be the best sigining of the summer ... and then saying the latest player to be signed might be the next best...

This transfer window has been amazing.... and there is no doubt Ashton has done an amazing job, supported by the new owners.

But I wonder how significant our "other" no.17 signing has been in funding all this ...

Ed Sheeran

The sales of club shirts must have made a significant contribution towards enabling all these transfers and wages for the quality of players brought in.

Just hope everyone will give the new players time to settle etc.

Not least Bersant Celina moving from another country, after quite a dramatic run of health scares.


Ryorry added 21:49 - Aug 31

GiveusaWave added 21:49 - Aug 31
Excellent news. Welcome to the club!

WhoisJimmyJuan added 21:52 - Aug 31
Splendid. Marvellous. Terrific. Great. Tip top stuff.

GleggsJag added 21:54 - Aug 31
This feels like a very sexual signing which has definitely got me aroused 😜

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