VIDEO: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake signs for Ipswich Town until the end of the season
PUBLISHED: 16:47 19 December 2013 | UPDATED: 18:13 19 December 2013
Ipswich Town have signed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on a free transfer until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old – who has been handed the No.27 shirt – is reunited with his former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy at Portman Road having just recovered from the broken leg and ankle ligament injuries which he sustained on April 1.
“I’m delighted to get the deal done and finally be an Ipswich player,” the striker told the club website.
“It’s been on cards for a while now and I’m just pleased we’ve managed to get everything done and dusted. I’m here now and in the mix with the rest of the lads to play my part for the team.
“I’ve worked with the gaffer and TC (Terry Connor) before and we’ve had a lot of success in the past. They played a big part in me wanting to come here.
“You know what you get with the gaffer. He’s honest and straight and TC is a great coach, especially with us strikers, and, as I’ve already said, I’m just delighted to have signed here and I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch after so long out injured.”
It’s understood that the two-times Championship Golden Boot winner also held talks with high-flying second tier sides Burnley and Leicester.
If he can hit the ground running, the powerful front man could well be the final piece of the jigsaw that Town need if they are to mount a genuine top six push in the second half of the season, just as Marcus Stewart was when arriving from Huddersfield at the start of 2000.
Former Manchester United trainee Ebanks-Blake was brought to Molineux by McCarthy, from Plymouth, for a fee of £1.5m in January 2008. He netted 12 goals in the second half of the campaign before his 25 goals in 2008/09 fired the Midlands club into the top-flight.
He may have struggled to score as regularly in the top-flight (12 in three seasons), but once again showed how deadly he is last season with 14 goals in a Wolves side that were ultimately relegated to League One.
It took his Championship goal tally to an impressive 75 in 169 appearances.
Meanwhile, Stephen Hunt – another of McCarthy’s ex-Wolves players – has extended his stay at Ipswich Town to the end of the season. The 32-year-old Irish left-winger initially arrived on a ‘pay as you play’ deal until the start of January.