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Alan Lee signs for Ipswich Town on non-contract terms

PUBLISHED: 20:14 29 August 2013 | UPDATED: 20:14 29 August 2013

Alan Lee

Alan Lee


Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy could turn to veteran striker Alan Lee in the coming weeks, after signing the former Blues star on non-contract terms.

Lee, who has also featured on loan for Town’s rivals Norwich City, will not be in the Blues’ squad at Birmingham tomorrow, but will be available to McCarthy throughout the season, combining his role as a youth team coach at the club.

The 34-year-old former Republic of Ireland international enjoyed a successful first spell at Portman Road, scoring 31 goals in 103 games between 2006 and 2008, before departing Suffolk for Crystal Palace in August 2008.

Having been released by Huddersfield in the summer, following nine goals in 80 games for the Terriers, the Galway-born hitman returned to the Blues to help work with the club’s rising stars.

McCarthy currently has David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy, Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor at his disposal but admits Lee gives him a different dimension as he plots his way up the Championship table after a slow start.

“We have signed Alan Lee on non-contract terms and he is available to play,” said McCarthy, who has just Tyrone Mings missing for tomorrow’s trip to Birmingham.

“He won’t be in the squad for Birmingham but he has trained with us and is still physically fit.

“He is great around the place, great with the kids and it is a good deal for both parties.

“Alan is different to the strikers we have, they are all different, and he is someone that I could use during the season.”

Between them, the quartet of strikers at Portman Road have scored just once this season, McGoldrick hitting the target against Leeds, and the attacking line-up could change tomorrow.

One player who is certain to play is left-back Aaron Cresswell who continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League.

However, McCarthy says the defender is unlikely to depart before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday.

“Cressy is not going anywhere and if anyone comes in for him now, they are bonkers,” said McCarthy.

“We don’t want him to go, we would struggle to find a replacement for him as I want two players in each position and if any club did want him, it would cost them a shed-load more money as it is at the end of the window.

“I can’t say that for sure, 100 per cent, because someone may offer five million up front and the owner might want to take it, but we want Aaron to progress here.”

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

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