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Donacien returns to Accrington Stanley on loan

PUBLISHED: 13:18 18 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:21 18 January 2019

Janoi Donacien hasn't been in the Ipswich Town matchday squad for the last eight games. Photo: Ross Halls

Janoi Donacien hasn't been in the Ipswich Town matchday squad for the last eight games. Photo: Ross Halls

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Ipswich Town defender Janoi Donacien has returned to former club Accrington Stanley on loan - just a fortnight after formally completing his £750k transfer in the other direction.

Janoi Donacien's £700k permanent transfer from Accrington Stanley was only recently rubberstamped after ongoing work permit issues were finally resolved. Photo: PAJanoi Donacien's £700k permanent transfer from Accrington Stanley was only recently rubberstamped after ongoing work permit issues were finally resolved. Photo: PA

The Blues signed the 25-year-old St Lucian from the League Two champions back in July, the deal a loan with view to a permanent £750k switch once his ‘permanent leave to remain’ residency permit was rubber-stamped by the home office.

He started out as a regular at right-back under manager Paul Hurst, but dropped down the pecking order and has been completely out of the picture under new boss Paul Lambert, the latter having been clear he sees the former Aston Villa player as a centre-back.

MORE: ‘I’ll be here next season whatever happens’ – Lambert commits future to Ipswich Town

Donacien, who has made 10 starts and one substitute appearance for the Blues, is contracted at Portman Road until 2021.

Janoi Donacien was signed by former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst as a right-back, but new manager Paul Lambert sees him very much as a centre-back. Photo: ITFCJanoi Donacien was signed by former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst as a right-back, but new manager Paul Lambert sees him very much as a centre-back. Photo: ITFC

Accrington Stanley are mid-table in League One having recently knocked Ipswich out of the FA Cup at the Wham Stadium.

Donacien follows Danny Rowe out of the exit door after the out-of-favour winger joined promotion chasing League Two side Lincoln City on loan yesterday.

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Lambert, who has signed six players in the January transfer window, said yesterday: “The lads have to play and that’s important. My job is to get this football club to be as strong as it can be, but those two lads (Rowe and Donacien) definitely need games because they haven’t featured as much under myself.

Janoi Donacien sits on the pitch disappointed at Rotherham. He has started 10 games and made one substitute appearance for Ipswich Town this season. Photo: PagepixJanoi Donacien sits on the pitch disappointed at Rotherham. He has started 10 games and made one substitute appearance for Ipswich Town this season. Photo: Pagepix

“Jordan (Roberts) was another one, and there were teams who wanted him, but things have broken down, been back on and then broken down again.”

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