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Bradley Orr signs for Ipswich Town on loan from Blackburn Rovers

PUBLISHED: 10:05 14 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:06 14 November 2012

Bradley Orr has joined Ipswich Town on loan from Blackburn Rovers

Bradley Orr has joined Ipswich Town on loan from Blackburn Rovers

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IPSWICH Town have signed experienced right-back Bradley Orr on loan from Blackburn.

The 30-year-old – who was in the Rovers side that drew with Blues at Portman Road on the first day of this season – put pen-to-paper on the deal that will keep him at the club until January 26 this morning.

Carlos Edwards was Town’s right-back during Paul Jewell’s managerial regime, but the skipper was moved back to the right-wing role he played earlier in career by new boss Mick McCarthy for last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Burnley.

Luke Chambers switched from centre-back to right-back for that game, but it looks as though Orr will now fulfil that position. Tommy Smith came back in to the side to play centre-back last weekend, but is set to skipper New Zealand in China tonight ahead of the Blues’ trip to Leicester on Saturday.

“There were a few things going on in the upper echelons of the club at Blackburn and I wanted to get out on loan,” said Orr.

"I know Ipswich well from playing here a number of times in the past and I know that the club is steeped in history. It’s a big club and it’s an honour to be here."

Bradley Orr, after joining Ipswich Town on loan from Blackburn

“Once I heard of Ipswich’s interest I was really keen to come down here. Thankfully we’ve managed to get something sorted and I’m absolutely delighted to be here.

“I know Ipswich well from playing here a number of times in the past and I know that the Club is steeped in history. It’s a big Club and it’s an honour to be here.”

Orr becomes Mick McCarthy’s second signing as Blues boss following the arrival of Kelly Youga yesterday. The 27-year-old former Charlton left-back signed a short-term deal yesterday.

Town now have five domestic loanees in the form of Stephen Henderson (West Ham), Orr (Blackburn), Danny Higginbotham (Stoke), Bilel Mohsni (Southend) and DJ Campbell (QPR), with Richie Wellens and Massimo Luongo having returned to parent clubs Leicester and Tottenham repsectively over the last week.

BRADLEY ORR

– Liverpool-born full-back started a trainee with Everton

– Joined Newcastle in 2002. Had two years at St James’ Park but did not make a first-team appearance.

– Played four times for Burnley on loan during his time with the Magpies.

_ Signed for Bristol City in 2004. Made 250 appearances for the Robins, scoring 13 goals, and was in the team that was beaten by Hull in the Championship Play-Off Final in 2008.

– Joined QPR in 2010 and was a regular in the side that won promotion to the Premier League.

– Moved to Blackburn in January this year and has represented the club 24 times.

Championship clubs can name only five domestic loanees in their matchday squad, but McCarthy could still add one more before next Friday’s loan deadline. Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is understood to be among his targets.

Guirane N’Daw (St Etienne) and Daryl Murphy (Celtic) are also on loan with the Blues, but are classed as international loans.

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Ipswich Town U23s paid for failing to convert their chances as they lost 2-0 to Sheffield United in the Premier League Cup at Portman Road, writes Harry Mallett.

Ipswich Town will miss the ‘influence and experience’ of departing stalwart Tommy Smith, according to striker Martyn Waghorn.

Long-serving defender Tommy Smith admits the tears were flowing when he said goodbye to his Ipswich Town team mates having today completed his move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

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