IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy says it took him just five minutes to decide that he wanted to sign teenage triallist Tyrone Mings from non-league side Chippenham Town.

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The 19-year-old – who is 6ft 3in tall and can play at left-back or centre-back – impressed on trial, catching the eye of McCarthy in a 2-1 reserve team defeat to a Nike Academy side on Monday.

He was first brought to the attention of the club due to the fact that Toby Osman – son of Town Under-18 boss Russell – plays for the Wiltshire side, who ply their trade at Step Three of the non-league pyramid (Southern League Premier Division).

Ming’s father, Adie, was the former manager at Chippenham, but left to become a scout at Chelsea in September. The deal includes a pre-season friendly between Ipswich and Chippenham next summer.

“He played in the reserve game the other day,” said McCarthy. “Russell (Osman) and Steve McCall watched him, we invited him to come in and play and he did well.

“He came through Southampton’s academy – he’s not somebody who’s just suddenly emerged and that helps. I was really pleased with him on Monday.

“We’ll see how well he does. I’ve only seen him for an hour and 10 minutes, but I decided after five minutes that I wanted him.”

Mings has been handed squad number 15 and could travel with the rest of the squad for Saturday’s Championship trip to Leeds United in order to get know his new team-mates.

A statement on Chippenham Town’s official Twitter feed reads: “We wish Tyrone all the best for the rest of his career and thank him for his work this season.”

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5 comments

  • If he lives up to expectations he won't have to worry about a mortgage!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Good lord, a sensible signing. But as many a young talented player has found in recent years, it is one thing to sign for the club and quite another to get games. Only if dull and conservative Mick the Man changes his spots in the 2nd half of the season will we know if Town are indeed building a team for the first time in a decade.

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • The only thing dull around here is yourself rob.

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • good lord stereo thats a first nearly positive,well done mick the man COYB.

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    david peters

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • This boy has real potential. It may take time before he gets to first team level but there is no doubting his ability. Sad though that Russell's son Tom did not get a look in but he is a pale shadow of his father when it comes to footballing attributes and yet this boy Mings has genuine promise. Well spotted!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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