Legwinski brings 'music' to Jim's ears
SYLVAIN Legwinski finally completed his move from Fulham to Ipswich and was welcomed as a player who will add composure and quality to the team.The 32-year-old former Monaco and Bordeaux defensive midfielder agreed a two-year term after negotiating a severance deal at Craven Cottage.
By Derek Davis
SYLVAIN Legwinski finally completed his move from Fulham to Ipswich and was welcomed as a player who will add composure and quality to the team.
The 32-year-old former Monaco and Bordeaux defensive midfielder agreed a two-year term after negotiating a severance deal at Craven Cottage.
Legwinski said: “I watched the win at QPR and I liked what I saw. I trained with the team for a few days and again I liked everything about the club.
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“I decided I wanted to sign but there were things to be sorted out and a lot of paperwork to complete before I could actually sign.
“Ipswich is a big club which I know of. My first memory of Ipswich is from when I was a kid.
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“It was when they beat St Etienne in two legs and I was amazed because I thought St Etienne was the best team in the world.
“I'm a defensive midfielder and I see myself as the link between the defence and attack.”
Blues boss Jim Magilton was relieved to finally capture the player who impressed after playing in a trial game against Spurs.
As a Premiership player, he could easily have declined to be judged in such a manner but not only did he play but he stood out.
Magilton said: “Sylvain showed his intent by playing in a behind-closed-doors game when he didn't need to do that and was the best player by a country mile.
“He showed then that he had in abundance the quality and character that we need. We are delighted to have someone of his stature at this football club.
“Sylvain is a player who has impressed and someone I have always liked. He has great experience and has played at the highest level.
“He wants to come here and pass the ball, which is music to my ears.
“He will be a great influence around all the young players and bring composure to the team.”
While Legwinski was being paraded to the Press, Nicky Forster was settling into a two-year deal at Hull City after his £250,000 move to the KC Stadium.
Magilton thanked the striker for his services to Town during his 15-month stay but was delighted at getting the extra cash for a player who was a free agent when he joined Ipswich after leaving Reading.
Magilton said: “Nicky did a fantastic job for us but we felt it was a great offer for a 33-year-old who has the security of an extra 12 months on his contract and wanted the opportunity to speak to Hull when he heard of the interest.”