James Alabi joins Grimsby Town on loan

James Alabi, left, in action at Doncaster Rovers

James Alabi, left, in action at Doncaster Rovers

Ipswich Town youngster James Alabi has joined National League side Grimbsy Town on loan until January 3.

The 21-year-old striker, released by Stoke City in the summer, has made one first-team appearance since joining the Blues – scoring in the 4-1 Capital One Cup victory at Doncaster Rovers.

Alabi, who signed a year-long deal at Portman Road, could make his Mariners debut against Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. The Lincolnshire side are currently fourth in the table.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy said: “He’s nowhere near playing in the first team when you consider the quartet that we have (Freddie Sears, Dary Murphy, Brett Pitman and David McGoldrick), but he can be a real handful on his day because he’s big and his powerful and he’s very quick. I haven’t met a defender yet who likes playing against that.

“I know it’s the Conference, but he will benefit from playing at that level because there’s a crowd there, people are paying money and it’s not like the 21s where it’s all about development.

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“It’s a physically tough league and you have to be a proper bloke to play in it.

“They’ve got a cup game on the TV coming up too (home to Shrewbury in the FA Cup), so I’m sure they did no harm in enticing him up there.”

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