Trotter takes his leave of Ipswich

IPSWICH TOWN: Midfielder Liam Trotter has turned down the offer of a one-year deal from Blues manager Roy Keane to sign a two-year deal with Championships newcomers Millwall.

Trotter, 21, helped the Lions gain promotion via the play-offs after helping Scunthorpe do the same 12 months earlier.

He started last season in the Ipswich first team after turning down the offer of a permanent move to Scunthorpe, but spent most of 2009/10 on loan and away from Portman Road.

Trotter, whose Town contract ends at the end of the month, joined the Blues’ academy from the West Suffolk College Football School after being released by Ipswich after being involved with the club as a schoolboy.

The former Northgate High School pupil said: “I’m very excited and extremely happy to be a Millwall.

“It’s been great to be playing regularly and winning games, and I’m confident that we can continue to be successful in the Championship.

“We have a very well organised and disciplined squad.

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“I’m sure we will improve and I believe we are capable of doing more than just hold our own at the higher level.”

Ipswich are likely to be entitled to compensation after developing Trotter through their youth scheme.

Trotter, who was in Town’s 2005 FA Youth Cup-winning side, made 18 starts and eight substitute appearances for the Blues, scoring two goals.

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