Ipswich sign Republic of Ireland midfielder on loan

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Updated: August 12, 2011

Championship club Ipswich town have secured the six-month loan signing of Blackburn Rovers Irish international midfielder Keith Andrews, with a view to a permanent switch in January.

The 30-year-old has fallen out of favour at Ewood Park since the arrival last season of manager Steve Kean. Andrews says he is unlikely to return to Blackburn, who he joined from MK Dons in 2008.

Andrews told Ipswich’s official club site: “I spoke to a couple of clubs but after speaking to the manager and the owner here, everything seemed right and it was an easy decision to make. It seems as if the club is going places and I think Ipswich is going to challenge in terms of promotion.

“With the facilities here and the backing the team has from the owner it made me have a really good feeling about this place and I’m looking forward to my time here.”
Andrews said he was close to full fitness after a disrupted year.
“I haven’t played a lot in pre-season due to the situation going on and how long this has been dragged out but I’m fighting ready to go,” he said.
“I’m sure the manager will put me in when he sees fit, and I’m dying to get going.”
Andrews is likely to make his Town debut in Saturday’s home game against his old club Hull City.

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