Darren Bent won’t celebrate if he scores for Derby County at Ipswich Town tomorrow

Darren Bent

Darren Bent - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Darren Bent has said there is “not a chance” of him celebrating, should he score a debut goal for Derby County at Portman Road tomorrow.

The former Blues striker, who has signed on-loan for Derby until the end of the season, should feature at some stage as Steve McClaren’s third-placed Rams attempt to inflict just a second defeat in 22 league and cup games on second-top Town.

The 30-year-old left Suffolk almost ten years ago, signing for then-Premier League side Charlton Athletic, having twice come close to reaching the top flight with the Blues – Town missing out in the play-offs in both 2004 and 2005.

Bent’s goalscoring exploits at The Valley saw Tottenham make a multi-million pound swoop for his services, before he moved on to Sunderland, where he earned England recognition.

The 13-cap international has since had loan spells at Fulham, in the Premier League, and at Championship side Brighton, having found himself out of favour at Aston Villa.

Out-of-contract at Villa Park in the summer, Bent is desperate to get back in the goals, but will cut a subdued figure should he net tomorrow.

“I won’t be celebrating, not a chance,” said Bent, who has scored debut goals for five of the seven clubs he has represented.

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“I have too much respect for the club and how they helped me achieve what I have in the game.

“Ipswich has a special place in my heart, the club gave me the platform to perform and I built up a good relationship with the fans and staff.

“It will be strange going back and I would like to think I would get a good reception, I have no reason not to.

“I have always spoken well of the club and have some great memories but you never know, there may some fans that thought I left too early.”

In today’s EADT and Ipswich Star - Darren Ambrose reveals the pranks, scrapes and japes he and Bent used to get up to as Ipswich Town youngsters.

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