Ex-Ipswich Town, Newcastle United and Sunderland defender Titus Bramble relishing chance to play with mates at Stowmarket Town

Titus Bramble, left

Titus Bramble, left - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Titus Bramble was not a transfer target for Stowmarket Town, according to boss, Rick Andrews.

The former Ipswich Town and Newcastle United defender made a sensational move to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division new boys on Thursday, and could make his debut at Felixstowe & Walton tomorrow.

The 36-year-old will combine playing commitments at Stowmarket with a player-coach role, and his coaching duties at Ipswich Town’s academy, and Andrews is unsure how much he will play.

However, he insists the chance to sign Bramble was too good to turn down.

“Titus knows Lee Norfolk (first-team coach) and Scott Mitchell (player) and had heard them talking about how much they were enjoying it here,” said Andrews, whose side won their first FA Cup game for 11-and-a-half years last week, against Barkingside, to set up a Preliminary Round clash at home to Romford, next Saturday.

“He came to a training session and he fit straight, he has a lot of old friends here.

“You make a lot of sacrifices to become a professional footballer, so when the opportunity arose to play with his mates, it was one he wanted to take.

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“He has still got his commitments with Ipswich so will he play 40 games a season? No.

“It might be that he plays every other Saturday or that we have to do without him for a month, but just having him at training is enough, and from what I have seen of him, I have no qualms that he could play straight away.

“He has been a total pleasure to work with.”

Bramble drifted out of the professional game having failed to win a contract at Ipswich in the summer of 2013 and Andrews revealed: “The standard has been intense and that is one of the reasons he wanted to come back.

“We have a gifted and talented squad, but there is a high work-ethic too.”

He added: “We will try to give a good account of ourselves every game but every game is going to be treated like a cup final (by the other team).

“Felixstowe had a freak (7-2 loss to Brantham) defeat last week, although by all accounts Brantham deserved to win.

“But Kev O’Donnell has done a great job there and you don’t become a bad team overnight.”

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