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.
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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.