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Ipswich Town closing in on Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas

14:27 03 August 2015


Brentford's Jonathan Douglas, right, has signed for Town

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Experienced Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas thought to be undergoing medical ahead of joining The Blues at Portman Road.

We understand that the 33-year-old is currently at Playford Road seeing medics.

Douglas – capped eight times by the Republic of Ireland – captained the Bees last season, scoring eight goals in 46 appearances as the west London side finished fifth before losing to Middlesbrough in the play-off semi-finals.

Manager Mark Warburton left the club after a disagreement over a heavily statistics-based recruitment process though and new head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen had the following to say about Douglas – who still had a year left on his deal – recently: “He is not part of the squad and is training separately. There is no future for him. We decided it is better for him to move on – for his future and for the future of Brentford.”

Town play Brentford, at Griffin Park, in their Championship opener on Saturday.

Douglas started his career at Blackburn before moving on to Leeds United, where he made close to 150 appearances for the Elland Road club. He then had a three-year spell at Swindon Town before joining Brentford in 2011.

Meanwhile, Ipswich have confirmed the signing of recent trialists Giles Coke and Larsen Toure, on two-year and one-year deals respectively.

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  • People were waxing lyrical about Brentford last season, playing attractive football and getting into playoffs. Especially the leader of negativity Ray Seeker. Yer he's 33 but he's obviously being taken on because Hyam is injured and to add competition. Skuse and Bishop should be first choice and a decent first choice at that, especially if Bishop continues his improvement curve. We're short of wingers. This guy from Bournemouth could be given a chance, but i must admit Tabb and Hunt winning throw ins and corners and never getting crosses in did get a bit old last year. I think the negative plebs on here should get over the fact that Town are selling club always have been, and now we're conforming to the FFP rules as they still apply we're not going to spend millions and millions on players. I think people should get over that face, stop crying and support the team come saturday. Its as simple as that i'm afraid.

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    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • A great addition to the squad and for a season will add experience. My mate is a Brentford fan and is gutted to see Douglas leaving and to a rival championship club. I do agree Town need a defender but certainly if Douglas signs a real coup.

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    fence sitter

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • The end results of Town's annual trawl through the reject bins of Europe grow ever more interesting and revealing. Back in the days of Jewell, Magilton and Keane, players were often identified who were young and might actually have potential. Now the only criteria seems to be 'will they come here?' ... which basically means unwanted 30 somethings at the end of their careers looking for a cushy pay packet. Whilst depressing to supporters of the club formerly know as Ipswich Town, this annual trawl for short-term mercenaries is a good fit with the current owners and manager - and the new breed of embarrassing, not easily embarrassed fans. If Town had a sign-off line to go on their posters it would be 'come for the easy money'.

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    Gloria Seeker

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • welcome to the rest home bench. we need a right back. a playmaker in midfield. and a strong center back

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    mike benham

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • Why the negativity? This guy played in a team last season which played more attractive football than Town did and were good to watch. Now that MM wants him to play for us and with the Arsenal loanee as well does this not appear that we will play more attractive football this season? I agree the defence lacks numbers but at least this appears a decent signing.

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    Alan Chaplin

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Just how many over the hill midfielders do we need - especially as they are invariably bypassed by the long punt. If Knudsens long throw is as good as they say we may be able to do without them altogether ???

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    Old Timer

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Ithadtobe writes, Conclusion jumpers, read the above, this IS NOT a player who is leaving because he considered not to be good enough. This is a player who is perhaps in dispute with management over something or another at Brentford. Time will tell, but he could well be a good asset. PAUL TAYLOR SPRINGS TO MIND!!

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    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • I note that on today's BBC Sport web-site Mick McCarthy was selected as the man to manage a notional team of the best 11 footballing managers in the country. That speaks volumes for his credibility, judgement and the respect in which he is held by the footballing world. If he thinks Jonathan Douglas would be an asset to the club, why would anyone be arrogant enough to question it?

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    Rod Cross

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Conclusion jumpers, read the above, this IS NOT a player who is leaving because he considered not to be good enough. This is a player who is perhaps in dispute with management over something or another at Brentford. Time will tell, but he could well be a good asset.

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    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Well pleased with this. An experienced goal scoring midfielder who will fill the gap left by Hyam's enforced absence through injury and will play well alongside Skuse. I note that many Brentford supporters are not impressed at their captain being given the heave-ho by the new management team.

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    Ian Williams

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • We've just had a successful season, signed a glut of new players. Lot's of attacking options that people always call out for and some of you lot still ain't happy. Go and support another club, you lot are boring now.

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    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • A 33-year-old that a rival team doesn't want? And where is he going to play, we are flooded with midfielders and strikers but yet if we get a couple of injuries in defence we've had it. I think it's pretty clear Mr Evans is not prepared to pay more than £1m for a player and is pocketing the Mings money, so if we get promoted Mr McCarthy will have performed an absolute miracle. I can't see that we can better 6th but hope i'm proved wrong

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    Ted Maul

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Good player Great Beard

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    mike blunt

    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Captain and virtual ever-present for a team that finished above us last season. Scores a few from midfield too. What's not to like?

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    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Not a bad player but yet another midfielder ...We need defenders and a goalkeeper..Please.

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    Monday, August 3, 2015

  • We're all quivering with excitement, not. He's not exactly going to be another Johnny Wark is he. I thought we were looking for someone to score goals from midfield. I suppose they've given him a 10 year contract, it will fit in with the age group of players we seem to go after and also he's another cast off. Great.

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    Monday, August 3, 2015

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