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Conor Sammon will find his goalscoring touch with Ipswich Town, insists Mick McCarthy

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 August 2014

New Town signing Conor Sammon warms up at Reading on Saturday

New Town signing Conor Sammon warms up at Reading on Saturday

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Conor Sammon will find his goalscoring touch with Ipswich Town.

So says Blues boss Mick McCarthy after the 27-year-old striker – recently signed on a season-long loan from Derby County – made his debut as a late substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Reading.

Sammon scored just 28 goals in 180 league games for Kilmarnock, Wigan and the Rams, although almost half of those appearances came off the bench.

Indeed, in recent years the nine-cap Republic of Ireland international has become the man that teams call upon from the bench to help see games out with his non-stop running and physicality, fulfilling that role 34 times last season as Derby finished third and narrowly lost out to QPR in the Championship Play-Off Final.

“He will be a good player for us – I’m delighted to have got him,” said McCarthy, whose side travel to Birmingham City tomorrow before hosting East Anglian rivals Norwich City at Portman Road on Saturday.

“I actually think the way we play will suit him. I think he’ll get goals with us. I think at Derby it’s different, they’ve got your man (Chris Martin) that can play with his back to goal better than Conor. He’ll give us plenty, that’s for sure.”

Sammon could well start at St Andrew’s tomorrow night, with David McGoldrick looking short of match fitness on his first competitive start in almost six months at the weekend and Daryl Murphy having a quiet afternoon by his standards.

With Hungarian front man Balint Bajner having also been recruited this summer, and academy graduate Jack Marriott promoted to the first team fold, it’s understood that Frank Nouble could be set to follow Paul Taylor (on loan at Rotherham) out of Portman Road in the coming weeks.

“Conor is somebody I have liked for a while,” said McCarthy. “You never just sign somebody you have seen a week before – there is always a mutual respect.

“He’s a really good person as well, which fits into our squad. I believe, even before me, Paul (Jewell) was looking at him. He’s finally ended up here, let’s hope he’s a success for us.

“I like players who don’t give their opponent any peace at all – whether that’s a full-back, a winger, a centre-midfielder or a striker. What’s not to like about that?”

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.

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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.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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