UPDATED: Right time for me to leave says departing Damien Delaney

REPUBLIC of Ireland international Damien Delaney has parted company with Ipswich Town.

The centre-back, one of only three on the books at Town this morning, has been allowed to walk away on a free.

We understand the shock decision to allow Delaney to leave will pave the way for a new centre-back to be signed ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

But with time running out on Paul Jewell’s desperate search for new faces, loan arrivals look more likely – though the Blues boss continues to eyes permanent deals.

Delaney, who signed for �750,000 in July 2009, was clearly third choice behind Luke Chambers and Tommy Smith this season.

Speaking to the club website, he said: “I have enjoyed my time at Ipswich but it seems the right time to move on.

“I have been here three and a half years now and am probably the longest serving player at the club but not being in the side made me think about my future and like I said, it’s time for a change.

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“I’d like to wish the club the best of luck for the future.”

In his time at Town, he made 103 starts with his partnership with Gareth McAuley particularly impressive.

He made 30 appearances last season but this year has seen just one minute of first-team action, as a sub for Michael Chopra during Town’s 1-0 win over Watford last week.

Delaney’s departure is believed to be yet another mutual agreement – which, along with Ryan Stevenson’s anticipated exit – would make it nine players that Jewell has allowed to leave early from their contracts in just 13 months.

Now a free agent, the Republic of Ireland international is likely to sign for a new club in the very near future.

Speaking of the departure, Jewell said: “Damien has been a good servant to the Football Club and we thank him for that and wish him every success.”