TRANSFER NEWS: Leicester City midfielder Richie Wellens joins Ipswich Town in a one-month loan switch

IPSWICH Town have signed midfielder Richie Wellens on a one-month loan deal from Championship rivals Leicester City.

The 32-year-old – who has made over 100 appearances for the Foxes – could be in line to feature for Town in Saturday’s televised clash with Cardiff City (5.20 kick-off).

Having begun his career as a trainee at Manchester United, Wellens left without making a first-team appearance. Since then, he has represented Blackpool, Oldham and Doncaster, before teaming up with Leicester for a reported fee of �1.2m.

“I’ve been looking to go out on loan and when the opportunity arose to come to Ipswich, I didn’t have to think twice,” said the midfielder.

“Leicester wanted me to go out on loan and when they showed me the list of clubs that I could go to, Ipswich stood out.”

You may also want to watch:

“I need to start playing games again after my injury and this is a great opportunity to do that. It’s a nice club and I’ve always enjoyed playing at Portman Road.

“We’re down at the bottom of the league at the minute but there are some good players here in the squad so I’m sure the position will soon change.”

Most Read

Blues boss Paul Jewell added: “Richie is back from injury now and has played the vast majority of games for Leicester over the last two or three years.

“He is a terrific passer of the ball and we actually tried to get him here on a permanent deal in the summer but couldn’t make it work.

“He’s here for six games and I know Leicester don’t want to let him go. They weren’t that keen on him going on loan to another Championship club but we’re pleased to have sorted something out and he will be a big asset to the squad.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus