UPDATED: New signing Ryan Stevenson hails Town as ‘massive opportunity’

SCOTTISH midfielder Ryan Stevenson could be in line to make his Ipswich debut against West Ham on Tuesday night after sealing his switch from Hearts.

The 27-year-old has completed his move to Town for a reported �50,000 and will train with his new team mates for the first time tomorrow morning.

And should he get clearance in time on Monday, the midfielder, who passed a medical at his new club today, could be included against the table-topping Hammers.

Stevenson revealed that he had offers to leave Hearts with Town’s divisional rivals Bristol City also in the hunt.

But he said: “I had a few other teams interested but when a club of the statue of Ipswich comes in for you, you take it. It’s a massive opportunity for me, too big to turn down and I can’t wait to get going.

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“I’m looking forward to training with the lads tomorrow and I want to hit the ground running, impress the manager and force my way into the side.

“Playing in England has always been a big ambition of mine and to have a chance of playing for such a big club and alongside so many top players is fantastic.”

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Stevenson has not played for the Scottish Premier League club since December 17 after going in a self-imposed exile over the club’s much-publicised wage dispute.

A former Chelsea trainee, Stevenson joined Hearts last February after spells at St Johnstone and Ayr.

He has since made 47 appearances, plus 20 from the bench, scoring 11 goals including four this season.

Jewell, like Town fans, will be hoping this is only the first signing the club makes before the January transfer window closes on Tuesday night.

The club continue to be in discussions with Portsmouth over Jason Pearce, Joel Ward and keeper Stephen Henderson who all played – as expected – in Pompey’s 3-0 win over Peterborough this afternoon.

Jewell was said to be in the London Road crowd to see his targets with Pearce scoring for Portsmouth and Ward starting at left midfield.

We understand a Town representative was also at Crawley to see striker Tyrone Barnett help the League Two side record a shock 1-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round.

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