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Darren Ambrose desperate to stay at Ipswich Town after falling back in love with football

06:00 06 January 2015

Darren Ambrose

Darren Ambrose

Darren Ambrose says he has fallen back in love with football since being reunited with his boyhood club Ipswich Town.

The 30-year-old scored a fine headed opener in Sunday’s FA Cup third round 1-1 draw at high-flying Premier League side Southampton. It was the first start of his third spell with the Blues and his first goal for the club since he netted in a 3-2 home win over Sheffield United, aged 18, in 2003.

You could see the emotion in his 50-yard dash to the bench in order to celebrate with manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor, the former Newcastle, Charlton, and Crystal Palace midfielder having endured a frustrating last few years at Birmingham and Greek side Apollon Smyrni.

“I’m delighted,” said the beaming Essex-born player, a Playford Road academy graduate who had a brief loan spell back at Town in 2008/09. “It’s been a difficult few years not playing, but I’ve got the love back now with this team and with this manager. It’s changed my opinion of football and now I love it again.

“I’m just looking forward to hopefully being a part of the next few games.”

Having returned to Suffolk in September, Ambrose’s short-term deal expires in the next few days. McCarthy indicated last week that he would be offering the experienced player an extension.

“He’s called me in and asked me my thoughts and what I wanted,” revealed Ambrose. “It was a brief discussion about what my plans were. I just told him that I’m so happy here. It’s a difficult one because I haven’t played as much as I’d hoped, but the team is doing fantastic so I’m not going to be throwing my arms up in the air and moaning.

“Hopefully, when I get my chance, like today, I can contribute. If in the next few games I get another opportunity, hopefully I can contribute again.

“I want to stay – 100%. There’s nowhere else I’m looking. We’ll see in the next few days and weeks whether we can get something sorted.

“It’s been a hard few years for me, but I’m glad to be back and enjoying myself.”


  • Ambrose always was a class act and it would be insane not to sign him. Moreover, he fulfils the main criterion - viz. he'll cost nothing.

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    Ken Hairy

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Any player who can come on for his first start of the season and score a superb header from Ming's pin point cross is obviously a class act and I should be delighted to see him as part of our team squad for the next couple of years.

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    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Ambrose is quality and needs a run of games. But not at the expense of Bishop, Hyam or Skuse. Playing out on the wing i'd prefer him to both Hunt, Anderson and Tabb who in general create nothing but its not his natural position. But he does have the skills and know how to bring Mings into play on the overlap. Hunt does not.

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    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Darren Ambrose is a Premiership quality player, that's why Bobby Robson took him on the cheap to Newcastle all those years ago. Quality apart he has a tenacity which fits into the MM ethos and this was evident on Sunday when he was given the chance and took it. I hope he stays.

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    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • Great for Darren. Although I'm not always convinced going back to an old employer always works out as reality and perception often blurs. If it is the case that Darren Ambrose stays then why haven't we tried for Darren Bent. We need another striker, but Benty needs a certain type of midfielder to supply him with the through balls. Mick Mills picked up on the fact that Town are good up front and have probably the best defence in this division, but we are unable to control games due to the midfield. We have workers and inexperienced lads trying to gain us promotion and I feel that we lack real class here, maybe with time the youngsters will gain stature and be able to control matches, but at the moment we are relying on 7 players out of 11 to win us games or get a point.

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    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

  • If Darren ambrose stays with us and we are promoted at the end of the season he will be the sole survivor from our last premiership team 13 years ago.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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