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Town Sign Brentford Full-Back Thompson On Loan
Thursday, 27th Jan 2022 20:20

Town have signed left-back Dominic Thompson on loan from Brentford for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old was with Arsenal’s academy from 2012 until August 2019, appearing in the 2018 FA Youth Cup final, before joining the Bees without having made a senior appearance for the Gunners.

The six-foot tall Willesden-born defender has made 14 starts for the West Londoners and spent the second half of last season on loan at Swindon, where he made 23 starts and two sub appearances, having picked up three assists as he helped the Robins to a 3-2 victory over the Blues at Portman Road on his debut.

The Bees have exercised an option to extend his contract to the summer of 2023.

This season, Thompson has made two Premier League starts for Brentford in addition to a further three appearances in cup games.

“This club can give me a platform to grow,” Thompson told iFollow Ipswich.

“Ipswich came on to my radar two or three weeks ago and I am really happy to have the move done.

“I spoke to the manager and the first chat I had with him really inspired me.

“I'm really looking forward to working with him and the group here, and hopefully developing my game.

“I've been checking the results recently and I know the team has been playing some really good football. I want to play my part now and help the group push for promotion.”

Town boss Kieran McKenna added: “I’ve known Dominic for a while, having been at Arsenal as a youth player.

“He is hungry to develop as much as he can and he has already had a loan move, so has experience in this division.

“He’s a good fit for the position because he’s a competitive defender but he can also contribute and have an impact higher up the pitch.

“Dominic is a good addition to the squad and we’re delighted to have him with us until the end of the season.”

Brentford director of football Phil Giles told his club's official site: “Dom has done well for us in the minutes he has played so far this season, especially in our home game against Manchester City.

“Unfortunately, he hasn’t played as much as I’m sure he would have wanted, so a loan to a good club such as Ipswich is an ideal solution.

“We look forward to welcoming him back in the summer, having extended his contract by a further year.”

Thompson is the son of former Great Britain discus thrower Neville, while his elder brother Greg has also competed in the same event.

The signing means there is now very significant competition for the left-back or left wing-back role with Matt Penney and Hayden Coulson both close to returning from injury, Kane Vincent-Young having started the last two games in the role but suspended on Saturday, while youngster Bailey Clements made his first four league appearances late in Paul Cook's time as boss.

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BluJu added 20:24 - Jan 27
Welcome to the party!

CraigEdwards added 20:25 - Jan 27
Welcome to our club Dominic look forward to seeing you on Saturday

Guthrum added 20:26 - Jan 27
Good stuff.

Gforce added 20:32 - Jan 27
This is a great signing,had a really good game against us last season,while on loan at Swindon.
Hopefully he will do well and we get to sign him permanently.

brockleyblueboy added 20:37 - Jan 27
We are really messing up Swindon’s promotion bid lol

Welcome aboard, from a league two promotion push to a potential league one promotion party #coyb

1psw1ch added 20:39 - Jan 27
don't know a whole lot about the boy but welcome to the club Dominic

BlueArrow added 20:42 - Jan 27
Welcome to the Towen Dominiy

Dissboyitfc added 20:46 - Jan 27
brockleyblue he was with swindon last season, has joined us from brentford.

straight into the team for saturday

BontyBlue added 20:46 - Jan 27
Nice one. Will keep an eye on this fella’s progress. Hopefully this is the first of many from KMcK’s little book of ‘under the radar, high potential, wonder kids’ who’ll work their nads off for the Mighty Blues!

ArnieM added 20:50 - Jan 27
Get in there 👍…. Welcome Dominic…. Potentially a great signing for us !

Europablue added 20:52 - Jan 27
From what was said it sounds like this could only ever be a loan until the end of the season, but I suppose you never know, especially if we did somehow get promoted!

Len_Brennan added 21:14 - Jan 27
I remember him from the Swindon match last season, thought he had a great game. This is a very good signing, the wing back role should really suit him.
I presume Hayden Coulson will return to Middlesbrough now. A decent full back who would have done really well for us had he been able stay fit.

BeattiesBackPocket added 21:16 - Jan 27
Let’s be fair Brentford have been a great model for buying players using their stats system and selling them on for huge profits so that’s good enough for me let alone McKenna obviously knowing a lot of the young best talent about. Welcome to the club. COYB’s!!!

runningout added 21:28 - Jan 27
Fingers crossed he’ll be decent.

brassy added 21:31 - Jan 27
welcome young man enjoy your footy

Paulc added 21:32 - Jan 27
Kieran is obviously familiar with a lot of younger players. That knowledge could prove to be a massive benefit to us over the next year or two.

Pettabelieveit added 21:36 - Jan 27
In McKenna we trust!

Linkboy13 added 21:51 - Jan 27
Been lacking a physical presence at left back for a while now. Coulson and Clements too lightweight and got severly found out against Rotherham. Penney probably the best of the bunch. Be very surprised if he's not in the team on Saturday. Like the fact he's had experience in league one and not coming from Man United academy.

BurleysGloryDays added 21:54 - Jan 27
Remember that Swindon game well, and specifically that they’d just got some loan players in we couldn’t contend with at all. So very optimistic about this. And they scored that absolute beaut as well, simply couldn’t argue with it. Gutting as it was.

Relief he’ll be in in time for the weekend too, now we’ve experienced the impact he can have in his first game!

Marinersnose added 22:08 - Jan 27
KMK has acted swiftly to fill this position. Coulson is injury prone and Penny not good enough if the team is to progress. This manager is quickly making his mark. Great loan signing who has played at clubs who play the game on the grass. He’ll start against the Owls

LegendofthePhoenix added 22:10 - Jan 27
Welcome Dominic to ITFC, and the chance to play in front of much bigger and more passionate fans than anything you have been used to so far. You're gonna lurve it. COYB.

benfromkent added 22:21 - Jan 27
I remember another left back we used to have called Thompson. Helped get us promoted in ‘91 - Southend away 💪⚽️💪😃. I’m taking this tenuous link as a good omen. Welcome to Ipswich 😃

jollyroger added 22:29 - Jan 27
You beat me to it benfromkent niel Thompson great l b

jollyroger added 22:29 - Jan 27
You beat me to it benfromkent niel Thompson great l b

Radlett_blue added 22:35 - Jan 27
KVY is NOT a left wing back as he keeps wanting to get back on his natural foot. This signing fills an important hole, with Coulson never fit. I doubt we can sign him permanently, but he might help Town into the play-offs & I think he's come here to start. Clements & Penny might be leaving in the summer.

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