TYRONE Barnett has been given a second chance at Ipswich Town – 10 months after failing to land a dream move at Portman Road.

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The 6ft 3ins tall striker last night completed a two-month loan deal with Ipswich after being transfer-listed by the London Road club last week.

Barnett was first targeted by Paul Jewell in January before Peterborough paid Crawley Town a reported £1.2million for the 27-year-old. He was understandably delighted to get his career back on track and finally have a chance to show the Ipswich faithful what he can do.

Barnett said: “I know there was interest in Ipswich in January and I was really interested in hearing what they had to say.

“I’m not sure how far down the line it went, but for some reason, it never happened. So when I heard about their interest yesterday morning, it made perfect sense.”

Barnett will provide Mick McCarthy’s men with a strong aerial presence – at both ends of the pitch.

But Town fans will have to wait until next Tuesday night’s home match against Nottingham Forest to potentially see the new man, who is ineligible for Saturday’s visit of his parent club.

He said: “I understand why I can’t play on Saturday. But I am just looking forward to starting training today and doing all I can to try to impress before Tuesday’s match.

“I am obviously known for my aerial strength and we had to defend a lot at Peterborough so I helped with that. I am good at holding the ball [up], but I want to show fans there is a lot more to my game.”

After the furore at London Road last week, when Barnett was one of four players originally transfer-listed by the club after a breach of club discipline, the striker is clearly ready to concentrate on hisfootball.

We understand the two clubs have not held any firm discussions about turning the two-month loan into a permanent deal in the New Year, with Peterborough keen to recoup as much of the money they invested last January.

But while Barnett is only focusing on impressing in the short-term, he has left Town fans in no doubt where he wants to be playing his football on a permanent basis.

He explained: “I am happy to get away from Peterborough. I wanted to get the situation [last week] resolved and coming here means I can put it behind me.

“Having been at the club yesterday, I know how big and the manager [Mick McCarthy] has told me what he is trying to do.

“I am not looking too far ahead. I just want to play games and score goals but if everything goes well, I would definitely want to do something long-term.

10 comments

  • With the current state of affairs at PR, to call it a 'dream move' is putting on more spin than even the Government can make up.

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Some dreams can be nightmares of course. A two month loan is akin to a long-term contract under the current regime. The dreaded phrase 'holds the ball up' doesn't bode well and it would be nice to think Mick the Man would actually give his contracted strikers a chance before getting in yet another dodgy loan. A little hint to all those deluded fans trying to claim that Mick the Man getting in loan after loan is not insanity - try playing fantasy Towwn football... pick a team containing no loan players whatsoever... it looks better than anything Mick the Man has put out in recent weeks and might actually be worth supporting.

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    Rob Steroo

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Don't suppose there's any chance of getting Becks on loan for the rest of the season. He's probably a mate of Marcus and Victoria would love the shops in Ipswich.

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    how'd the town do

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • A dream move to Ipswich??? lol He has just left one struggling team where he could not hold down a place and joined another struggling team!!! You must be joking if any player signing on loan can say its a "dream move" moving to rubbish town. On top of that he was a trouble maker at Peterbrough so should fit in well with Chopra etc lol What a shambles!!!

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    ged scott

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • More negative comments from Norwich Trolls, trying to stir up negative feeling amongst Town fans..yawn

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    Warkys_Tash

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I don't get the feeling that he is that bothered whether he is here or not. Hope I am mistaken...

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    FRANK WESTON

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I see the regular posters are on here trolling, must be about time for them to pick up their social money?

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    Millsey

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Shirt no 25, apparently. Tempting to sew a minus sign in front of the number.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • A reject from another awful side, who has appalling discipline, is exactly the type of player we need. I would sweat blood for the shirt, but none of the current crop of players care about the club, the badge or the fans, that much is plain to see. Wellens said it himself.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • think of all the derbies he could look forward to next season, peterboro, colchester, stevenage [if they dont go up] and possibly southend and northampton.

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    clever canary

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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