BRADLEY Orr has become the latest leader in the Ipswich Town pack.

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The 30-year-old right-back has joined on loan from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers until January 26, having played a big part in QPR’s promotion to the Premier League (2010/11) and been a hugely influential figure in the Bristol City team which narrowly lost to Hull in a Championship Play-Off Final (2007/08).

And former Robins boss Gary Johnson – the man who converted Orr from a midfielder to a full-back – says he is exactly the sort of character the Blues need as they look to claw their way out of the relegation zone.

“Bradley was a very influential figure in my Bristol City dressing room,” said Johnson, now boss at League One side Yeovil. “His competitiveness is second to none and if I was still managing at that level I would take him in a heartbeat.

“He’s a leader in the dressing room and a leader on the pitch. The best thing about him is that he’s got a little bit of humbleness about him too. He’s a top player and a top man.”

Former Town striker Marcus Stewart, who played with Orr at Ashton Gate, said: “When I first went there he was a central midfielder and, if I’m being honest, his career probably wasn’t really going anywhere. Then Gary Johnson put him at right-back for his first game in charge and he never looked back.

“He’s determined, strong, good on the ball and very vocal on and off the pitch. He was a great trainer too and I think he’ll be a great addition for Ipswich. He’s exactly the sort of character and player you need when you’re down at the bottom.”

Johsnon added: “Mick McCarthy is an experienced old fox. I know him well and I love him to death. He won’t underestimate the situation he’s inherited and he’ll know he needs people like Bradley around him for the position the club finds itself in.”

Town now have a plethora of leaders within their squad, with the experienced trio of Danny Higginbotham, Luke Chambers and Nigel Reo-Coker having all captained sides in the past. In addition, Tommy Smith skippered the New Zealand national side in a 1-1 friendly draw in China yesterday.

Orr could make his Blues debut when Town travel to Leicester on Saturday.

15 comments

  • How bitter are the comments from John Riley Snr. By the way John, how senior are you. Have you had your fuel allowance yet?

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    bismark

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • How strange then that Blackburn's comical owners are paying good money to send him to Offshore Investment Merecenaries-R-us FC

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Interesting to see that this aged mercenary is basically a converted midfielder moonlighting somewhat unsuccessfully at full back - something the keyboard warriors were saying was akin to a sackable offence with Jewell's treatment of Carlos. No matter.... Mick's the Man!!!!!!!

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • COULD be a great signing for us. Not sure about more short time contacts lets see..At least MM is getting the team to play as a team. Next 3 or 4 games will give us a better understanding of what we can expect.. But at least for now much better buzz around the Town that's for sure......

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    FINN.BLUE

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Having spent the past 3 years trying to convert a midfielder to right back we now loan one who has already been converted sucessfully.... ah well !

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Praise from Bradley Orr, He obviously hasn't met the CEO yet !!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • COULD be a great signing for us. Not sure about more short time contacts lets see..At least MM is getting the team to play as a team. Next 3 or 4 games will give us a better understanding of what we can expect.. But at least for now much better buzz around the Town that's for sure......

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    FINN.BLUE

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • John Riley Snr@ It seems you supporters want everyone to leave Ewood Park. First Venkys, then Kean, now Orr. With people like you there I am surprised anyone wants to stay. What was it Berg said about no manager of worth would want to work there. Oh thats right he did end up there didn't he? What are his results like?

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • A really good signing.Unlike the hapless previous manager MM has a plan to stop us leaking goals like a sieve.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Take no notice of some of these stupid comments Bradley, we should all reserve opinions until we have seen you play for ITFC, and if you perform as we hope we shall be delighted. Anyway, welcome to a great club on it's way up and back.You'll have some super players around you.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • That's right Steroo keep copying and pasting your comments.

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    bristan

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • God what is wrong with this 'Rob Steroo' bloke! Every comment i see from him is so depressing. keep your comments to yourself, no one cares what you have to say. Mick Mccarthy's plan is to stop us leaking goals first which is completely right! Well done Mccarthy :)

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    TraaakorBoii

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Well said Liz. With a name like Orr we can get an anti Norwich and Delia song adapted to have a go at them again.

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    chantry boy

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • No matter how much he wanted to leave BRFC the manager, the club and the supporters of BRFC wanted it a damn site more. good Riddance. .

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    John Riley Snr

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Great to have Orr on board. I note the narwich based, narwich owned newspaper has managed to find a picture of yet another diving budgie! EDITOR’S NOTE: All of the EADT and Ipswich Star sports writers are based at offices in Ipswich, with the paper only printed in Norwich. We share a photography database with our sister paper, the EDP, and the only action image of Bradley Orr that was available was in a game against Norwich.

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    Liz Knott

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

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