Kieffer Moore: Leaving Ipswich Town ‘wasn’t an easy decision’
PUBLISHED: 10:20 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:27 10 January 2018
Kieffer Moore has taken to Twitter to thank Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor after leaving Portman Road for Barnsley.
The 25-year-old striker scored 13 goals on loan for Rotherham in the first half of the season to leave him a wanted man, and last night signed for Barnsley for £750,000.
It ends a bidding war which had seen Rotherham, Peterborough and Bradford make bids for the 6ft 5ins frontman – whom Town signed for just £20,000 from Forest Green Rovers last year – while Charlton and Scunthorpe also made enquiries.
On Twitter, Moore said: “Departing Ipswich Town wasn’t an easy decision after Mick & TC gave me the opportunity to step back into the Championship after taking me out of non-league football, but I felt it was time for a clean slate and now I can’t wait to get started with all the lads.”
The move completes a remarkable two-year rise for Moore. After suffering successive relegations with Yeovil from the Championship to League Two, Moore had a brief spell playing for Viking in Norway before joining National League side Forest Green Rovers in January 2016.
He wasn’t a regular during his year at the big-budget non-league outfit and was sent out on loan to hometown club Torquay United, before Ipswich, surprisingly, signed him for £20k in January 2017.
Moore made 11 substitute appearances for a struggling Blues side during the second half of last season before being sent out on loan to The New York Stadium.