Ipswich Town’s Cameron Stewart enjoyed his battles with Luke Chambers, while playing for Leeds United and Charlton Athletic

Cameron Stewart is upended by Luke Chambers to give Leeds a lifeline penalty during the second half

Cameron Stewart is upended by Luke Chambers to give Leeds a lifeline penalty during the second half at Elland Road

He may be Ipswich Town’s newest recruit, but Cameron Stewart and the Blues players will have needed no introduction when the winger signed on Monday.

The 23-year-old has penned a three-year deal with Town, with the option for a fourth, and moves to Portman Road largely off the back of his performances against the Blues last season.

Stewart featured twice for Charlton and once for Leeds against Ipswich, during loan spells with Town’s Championship rivals, winning the penalty that earned the Whites a point at Elland Road, just weeks after he was booked for diving under Luke Chambers’ challenge at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy admitted the winger, who also scored in Hull’s 3-1 FA Cup win against Town back in January 2012, was given special attention during the games and described the England Under-20 international as having the kind of ability that could unlock defences.

Stewart has already exchanged dressing room banter with Chambers, who conceded the penalty at Leeds, and admitted he was delighted that he would be a team-mate of the former Nottingham Forest defender next season.

“He (Chambers) has already given me a bit of banter. I won the penalty at Leeds and people would argue that I should have had one for Charlton at Portman Road, but it’s fun times,” said a smiling Stewart.

“We had some good battles and I think we are both happy to be on the same side.

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“The manager said he was impressed by my performances and I would like to think that was because a lot of our attacks at Charlton probably came through me and I liked to get wide.

“I think he also saw that I try to be positive and run at players. When I played against Chambo I tried to get at him and wasn’t afraid to have a go.”

Stewart began his career as a 12-year-old at Manchester United and stayed at Old Trafford for seven years until he decided to join Hull.

It was at the Tigers where he made his name but also where he suffered cruciate ligament damage, ironically at Portman Road, in February 2011.

“I was only 19 and I was in really good form, I had just signed a three-year deal and I suffered the injury in the 90th minute at Portman Road,” he explained.

“I came back and I have had no problems since.”

He added: “I really seized my chance when I left Manchester United. Some players stay for longer but I never looked back.

“It’s a good club to be at, it gives you a good background and keeps you level-headed. I think the number of former United youth team players currently in the Championship and Premier League proves that.”

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