Ex-Blackburn keeper Jason Brown joins Ipswich Town on a short-term deal

FORMER Welsh international goalkeeper Jason Brown has joined Ipswich Town on a short-term deal until the end-of-the-season.

The London-born 30-year-old – who played in Chris Coleman’s first game in charge as Wales boss last year – was released by Scottish club Aberdeen in January.

This morning he wrote on social newtroking website Twitter: “I can let it out the bag now all signed off and I’m very happy and proud to announce that I am officially an Ipswich Town player.”

Having come through Charlton Athletic’s youth team, Brown made his name in the Championship and League One for Gillingham.

A move to Blackburn Rovers followed, but the keeper – who was loaned out to Leeds, Leyton orient and Cardiff – made just 16 appearances during his four years at the Lancashire club.

Brown, who will wear the Town number 13 shirt, joined Aberdeen in the summer of 2011 and made 22 starts and one sub appearance before leaving in January to look for a club in England.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy has decided to add a third senior keeper to his ranks following West Ham’s decision to recall Stephen Henderson from his loan spell last week after their second-choice keeper, Raphael Spiegel, broke a finger while on international duty with Switzerland’s Under-21s.

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Scott Loach impressed manager McCarthy during his spell in the side at the start of the New Year – performing well against the likes of Aston Villa and Cardiff – before picking up a thumb injury.

The EADT understands that he will start against Leeds at Portman Road on Saturday, with Brown’s arrival seeing Arran Lee-Barrett – out-of-contract this summer – again dropping to third choice.

The ‘emergency’ loan window shuts at 5pm today, but with six domestic loanees already in the squad (you can only name five in a matchday squad) – Reece Brown, David McGoldrick, Aaron Mclean, Patrick Kisnorbo, Richard Stearman and Jay Tabb – the EADT understands that the Blues will not make any further additions.