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Blues Bag Blackburn's Andrews On Loan At Last

Ipswich Town have finally completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers midfielder Keith Andrews on loan until January 2012 with a view to a permanent move.

Former Milton Keynes Dons star Andrews had been expected to move to Portman Road some time ago after reports emerged last week that Ipswich and Blackburn were in discussions over a possible deal. Town manager Paul Jewell had previously expressed his frustration about a lack of communication from Blackburn which prevented him from tying up a deal for Andrews in time for the new season, but the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international will now be available for Saturday's home match against Hull City.

Andrews told the Club's Official Website: "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."

Jewell told the local press he was delighted that Andrews chose to move to Portman Road: "He's a leader, tough, and an international player. He was injured last season quite a bit, but his hunger to come here has really impressed me. He could have just sat on some good wages in the Premier League, but he's desperate to play games.

"There was a lot of interest from Championship clubs in him so I'm delighted he`s chosen to come here."

Andrews becomes Town's eighth signing of the summer with Jewell expected to make further additions to his squad before the end of August. There could also be further departures however, with reports in Hampshire claiming that Andrews' arrival at Portman Road will oil the wheels for Grant Leadbitter to leave the club and rejoin his former midfield colleague David Norris at Portsmouth. Earlier in the week, Chief Executive Simon Clegg had revealed that Ipswich were considering an offer made for an unnamed Town player, with Leadbitter possibly one of the club's more saleable assets from the Roy Keane era.

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Writer: Darren C Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 12 2011

Time: 11:48AM

Your Comments

I am happy as a Rovers fan as well as having Ipswich as my second team. He is not good enough for the Prem and constantly had the fans on his back. You need to get behind him straight away and he will do well for you in the Championship!
rover23
From what you and other Blackburn fans have said about him, rover23, I'm happy to see this deal go through at last. If we can get him to play like he did for MK then he could be a great signing for us, though I'd want him permanently in that case!!
Darren C
I agree with the above. He is sadly just not Prem quality and his obvious limitations resulted in excessive flack from supporters. A clean slate at a new club and at his natural level will see him put some good performances in.
Uncle Jack's Nephew
By the sound of things he needs to feel some tlc from the fans to get the best out of him.....Mmmmmmm. I think we can do that...lol
quietman
Well he's gonna get it if he keeps up scoring like he has tonight!!
Darren C
I heard there is an agreed price of 2 million for January? Hopefully.
rover23
 

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