Drury signs for Ipswich

ANDY Drury has revealed that he only wanted to sign for Ipswich Town after hearing about the Blues’ interest.

The 27-year-old midfielder became Paul Jewell’s first permanent signing after completing his signing from Luton Town today.

Drury, who will be thrown straight into the squad for tomorrow night’s trip to Derby County, said: “There were a couple of clubs interested but as soon as I knew Ipswich wanted me, my mind was made up instantly. It’s a great opportunity for me to come here and show what I can do at a top football club.”

Jewell today admitted signing a 27-year-old player from the Blue Square Premier was a “gamble” and that he understood it might not get supporters too excited.

But Jewell revealed he had targeted Drury during his hiatus away from the game and that he exercised a �150,000 clause in the midfielder’s contract.

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Drury, who can play across the midfield, has scored eight goals in 27 matches for the Hatters this season having joined them from Stevenage at the start of the campaign.

Luton managing director Gary Sweet said: “Even though his services have been rather short-lived as a Hatter, ‘Dukes’ has endeared himself to the Luton faithful with his exceptional skills.

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“Such talent appearing in the, so-called, non-league is simply unimaginable and once Andy found a club that showcased his creativity a move to the Championship was inevitable.”

Luton confirmed that they would receive a sell-on fee should Drury move on in the future.

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