THERE are unlikely to be any more new arrivals at Portman Road before the summer.

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The Blues signed six players last month – Patrick Kisnorbo, David McGoldrick, Aaron Mclean, Frank Nouble, Richard Stearman, Anthony Wordsworth and Stephen Henderson – with the January transfer window shutting at 11pm on Thursday.

Football League clubs will have the opportunity to sign players on 93-day loan deals when the ‘emergency’ loan window opens again next Friday, but Blues assistant boss Terry Connor says it’s unlikely that any more signings will be made.

He said: “We’re happy with what we’ve done up until this point. There’s always that scope to add more, but we’ve got five (domestic) loanees now, which is the maximum you can out into the squad (on a matchday). Anyone above that number wouldn’t be ideal.

“I would say it’s unlikely, but the opportunity is there if we need to.”

Henderson’s return to the club for a second spell took Town’s number of loan deals for the season to 15.

The Irishman looks set to go straight back into goal for today’s visit of Middlesbrough, with Connor admitting that he and boss Mick McCarthy may have to explain the situation to Scott Loach following his impressive run in the side.

“Stephen was in goal for a five and six-goal losses (against Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively) when he first came here, but he always showed the desire to play in goal.

“Stephen enjoyed his time here, he indicated he wanted to come back, and we are pleased to have him back. It gives us a bit of competition until the end of the season.

“If that chat (with Loach), has to come, it will come, I’m sure.

“There’s competition for every place in the team and it’s up to all the players to show why they should be in it. It’s healthy competition.”

Speaking of new recruits Stearman and Wordsworth, Connor continued: “Richard is a real competitor, a great centre-half who is equally comfortable at full-back and he’ll bring a measure of steel and determination to the team.

“We know his temperament and his character. And we know that, with the games having as much meaning to them as they will, he is mentally ready to play those games.

“He plays his football in a determined manner and we think that will be good for us.”

He added: “Anthony has been in for a couple of days and done very, very well. He’s done everything we’d expect from him. His last competitive game was three or four weeks ago, so whether he’s ready to start a game I don’t know.

“He’s certainly someone we can work with who will make an impact between now and the end of the season. We hope he can add a bit of creativity to our midfield.”

– For live match updates today, follow @Stuart_Watson and @ChrisBramms on Twitter.

14 comments

  • mike.walker@ Is it not obvious it is the EADT that writes the obnoxious objectional claptrap you refer to. Archant proritise the EDP Norwich site to the extent that they print many comments at least twice (possibly to make it look full!!). Whereas yesterday no comments were posted on the ITFC website until late in the day and then over half of them were from Ged Scott or Rob Steroo aka Archant reporters (coincidence or what??). Possibly time to drop the EADT for a reputable newspaper and let Scott, Steroo and Archant have total run of the comments section.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Yes wouldnt it be good to have an alternative local paper that made its comments on facts.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Chums, do not be surprised by the grinding negativity of Monsieur Steroo, for he is a troll, and of use only to the composer of limericks, and for making everyone else feel that, actually, life COULD be worse.

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Town fans might be advised to take out a loan and put all of it on No Loans getting in some Wolves rejects on loan..after all he has only loaned in EIGHT so far.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Stuart, what a surpprise.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I hope that Loach is left in the side with Henderson on the bench. Loach might not be the best keeper in the Championship but he has done little wrong since returning to the side, I don't think Henderson is really much better and Loach is at least a ITFC player. I'm not sure how much damage will be done to his morale by dropping him and I would feel very sorry for the guy.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • I like the look of the two latest loanees. Square pegs in square holes as MM has said all along. The new front boys still have a lot to prove to me though and not sure Hendo should just come straight in and start. EADT can you please consider doing something about those who's sole enjoyment in life seems to be writing obnoxious, objectional claptrap comments. It is ruining the site for most and rather read my news elsewhere than put up with it

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    mike walker

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Mr Steroo, when will you post something positive on this site?I get the impression if ITFC were running away with the Premier League, the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup you would still not be satisfied.

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    Alan Chaplin

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • And PS: Susssex TractorBoy has hit the nail so firmly on the head that we can only hope it stays hit.

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • micks the best manager since joe royle,keeping us up this season will be a minor miracle,COYB.

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    david peters

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Please please please!! Why state we have signed six players and then list seven? Come on EADT please get it right

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    Hubski

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Steroo - you make the same comments over and over again. We get your point - you're not happy with how many loan players there are. Ok? You don't need to go on and on saying the same thing. It's BORING. Do you understand that?

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    The Poacher

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Rob Steroo all you do is moan and pick faults. When are you going to support the team?

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    IpswichTownFC4Ever

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Not a lot of diffferance between Loach and Henderson in goal but Loaches distribution is better. Henderson tends to boot the ball up the field to often which ends up coming straight back.

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    Rex Ide

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

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