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Saturday 16 December 2017

St ledger to seal deal with Ipswich

McCarthy adds Irish duo to Town ranks

Noel Hunt
Noel Hunt

MICK McCarthy has boosted the Irish presence at Ipswich Town with a double swoop for Sean St Ledger and Noel Hunt.

And former Ireland man Clinton Morrison is also back in football as he's agreed a short-term deal with League Two outfit Exeter City.

St Ledger has been trying to find a club since he left Leicester City last May, following an injury-scarred season which saw him make just two appearances for the Foxes.

A move to Huddersfield Town collapsed and St Ledger was left on the shelf, the defender - an ever-present for Ireland at Euro 2012 - forced to train on his own.

But the 29-year-old has in recent days hooked up with Ipswich and, following an impressive display on trial in an U21 game on Monday night, boss McCarthy has seen enough to offer St Ledger a short-term deal.

McCarthy, who has senior Ireland internationals Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Conor Sammon and Stephen Hunt on the books, is also poised to add another one as Noel Hunt is about to join his older brother at Portman Road on loan from Leeds United.

Hunt, 31, has made just two appearances for Leeds this season, the most recent back in August, and the Elland Road club are keen to get him off the books so a loan spell at Ipswich would suit both parties.

The move would also see the Hunt brothers reunited for the first time since the 2008/09 season when they were at Reading together and the Hunts also made history when they played for Ireland against Poland in 2008, the first time an Ireland side had brothers in the same team since 1980.

Morrison had been without a club since he was released by Colchester United at the end of last season but the 35-year-old says he still has the hunger needed to succeed with Exeter.

"I've been doing a lot of media work so I was going to concentrate on that, but watching football and going to games this season I have missed playing football, I've still got that hunger and desire to play," said Morrison, capped 36 times between 2001 and 2006.

"It's a good standard at this level and it's good football."

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