Ipswich Town striker Kieffer Moore hopes Rotherham loan switch could be ‘start of something special’

PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 11 July 2017

Kieffer Moore (right) and Rotherham boss Paul Warne, pictured after the Ipswich Town striker's loan switch

Kieffer Moore (right) and Rotherham boss Paul Warne, pictured after the Ipswich Town striker's loan switch

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The 24-year-old joined the Blues in a £10k deal from National League side Forest Green Rovers back in January and made 11 substitute appearances during the second half of the season.

Mick McCarthy now feels a year of regular first-team in League One with the newly-relegated Millers would be beneficial for the Torquay-born front man, with Joe Garner, Freddie Sears, David McGoldrick and Brett Pitman all ahead of him in the pecking order.

“I think this could be the start of something really special,” the 6ft 5in target man told the Sheffield Star, after joining up with Paul Warne’s squad for a pre-season training camp in Austria.

“The major factor for me coming here was the gaffer. He really sold it to me. He wants to move the club forward. I was inspired by his vision and I firmly believe that this season we will give it a right go.”

Moore played and scored in Town’s 5-0 friendly win at Irish side Drogheda United on Saturday, but flew straight from Dublin to Austria to complete his move.

“You have to be prepared to move and jump on a plane and travel at any moment,” he said. “Circumstances change in an instant. Coming out here and getting straight into training isn’t a problem. I know what needs to be done. I have a strong mindset and I wanted to get straight over here.”

McCarthy has said that teenage right-back Josh Emmanuel will also make a season-long loan switch to Rotherham, but we understand that there are still discussions happening behind the scenes at Portman Road about whether that move should go ahead.

Point one of owner Marcus Evans’ five-point plan is ‘to provide a significant ongoing financial commitment to the club’s academy, enabling a steady flow of players into the first-team’, while back in 2013 the club made a bold pledge to have half of the first-team squad made up of homegrown players by 2017.

Emmanuel’s departure would leave Jordan Spence as the only right-back option heading into the 2017/18 campaign, with any injury or suspension likely to lead to skipper Luke Chambers having to fill in again at full-back.

Speaking on Saturday, McCarthy said: “They both need to play games. I don’t want Josh here as a substitute coming on and playing a bit part, he needs to go and play to improve, as does Kieffer.

“Neither of them will start in front of (Jordan) Spence or whoever is playing up front. It’s really important for them to get football.

“We’ve got a break clause in January. Hopefully they are ripping it up by then and we want them back. The only way they are going to get better is by playing. I’ll only bring them back if I’m going to play them.”

Meanwhile, former Town striker Daryl Murphy – who has been made available for transfer by newly-promoted Premier League club Newcastle United – has been linked with a trio of Championship clubs. Sunderland and Nottingham Forest are reportedly keen on a loan deal for the 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international, while Aston Villa are said to favour a permanent deal for the player who left Portman Road for £3m last August.

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