TRANSFER NEWS: Darren Ambrose is an Ipswich Town player again after signing short-term deal

Darren Ambrose played for Ipswich Town's Under-21s in a 1-1 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday last

Darren Ambrose played for Ipswich Town's Under-21s in a 1-1 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday last week, followed by a 5-1 friendly loss at West Ham. PHOTO: JAMES AGER - Credit: James Ager

Darren Ambrose is an Ipswich Town player once again after signing a short-term deal at the club.

The 30-year-old midfielder came through the academy at Playford Road, made his debut against Arsenal aged 18 in 2002 and ended up making 38 appearances for the club before a £1m switch to Newcastle in 2003.

Stints at Charlton, Crystal Palace and Birmingham followed and, following a year on loan at Greek side Apollon Smyrni, he was released by Lee Clark’s Championship side in the summer.

The Essex-born player had trials at Colchester and Blackpool, spent the last few weeks training with Town’s first team, featured in two Under-21 matches and has sufficiently impressed to be offered a contract until January.

This will be Ambrose’s third spell at Portman Road as he made nine appearances for the club on loan in 2008/09.


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Meanwhile, teenage duo Matthew Clarke and Teddy Bishop have both put pen-to-paper on new two-year contracts, with the option of a third.

Towering centre-back Clarke played in the Capital One Cup match at Crawley Town last month, while central midfielder Bishop made his full debut in the 1-1 Championship draw at derby recently. They had both signed one-year professional deals in the summer after graduating from the academy set-up.

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– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for full interview with Darren Ambrose.

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