Ipswich Town youngster Nico Valentine has joined Suffolk-based non-league side Needham Market on loan.

The 18-year-old is a regular for the Blues’s under-21’s side. He signed his first pro deal in October last year, having been at the club since the under-8’s. He also featured for the first team in pre-season

Valentine is a pacy forward who can play anywhere across the front three and spent time on loan at Bury Town last season.

East Anglian Daily Times: Nico Valentine featured for Town's first team in pre-season.Nico Valentine featured for Town's first team in pre-season. (Image: Ross Halls)

He joins a Needham side who are managed by former Town midfielder Kevin Horlock. They currently sit second in Southern League Premier Central.

He will look to make his debut this weekend as the Marketmen host Bromsgrove Sporting at Bloomfields.

Town players currently out on loan

Corrie Ndaba (Kilmarnock), Kyle Edwards (Oxford United), Idris El Mizouni (Leyton Orient), Panutche Camara (Charlton), Gassan Ahadme (Cambridge United), Zak Bradshaw (Woking), Cameron Stewart (Cove Rangers), Jack Manly (Leiston), Ben Haddoch (Stowmarket Town) Finlay Corrigan (Leiston), Finley Barbrook (Chelmsford City), Matt Ward (Braintree Town), Nico Valentine (Needham Market)