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

PUBLISHED: 15:09 30 August 2012

Damien Delaney

Damien Delaney

Copyright Ashley Pickering

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.

“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.”

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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