Former Ipswich Town striker signs for Chinese team Tianjin Songjiang

PUBLISHED: 12:32 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:32 16 June 2015

Frank Nouble

Frank Nouble

Former Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble has joined Chinese side Tianjin Songjiang on a two-year deal, according to his personal Instagram account.

The 23-year-old, who was released by League One Coventry City at the end of the season, has posted pictures on the social network showing him signing a contract with the Chinese second tier team.

Nouble scored five goals in 60 games for Town after signing for the Blues in January 2013 from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He left Suffolk last November, joining Coventry City on a free transfer but, having been signed by ex-boss Steven Pressley, then failed to impress former Ipswich player and caretaker manager Tony Mowbray, who released the Londoner at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, after scoring seven times in 34 appearances for the League One team.

His new employers will be the 12th club of the 23-year-old’s professional career.

Meanwhile, Nouble’s former team-mate at Ipswich, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has spoken of his delight at securing a move to Championship new-boys QPR on a three-year deal.

Emmanuel-Thomas spent two seasons with League One champions Bristol City, scoring 33 goals in 103 games, before being released by manager Steve Cotterill.

Rangers, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, wasted no time in securing the 24-year-old’s signature, having recently also signed Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo, who spent time on-loan at Ipswich in 2012.

“It’s fantastic and when the chance came about to meet Chris Ramsey (manager) and Les Ferdinand (director of football), I was quite excited,” said the forward.

“It (QPR) was always going to be an attraction, being close to family and giving them the opportunity to come and watch me play football. They have not been able to do that over the last few years.”

On Luongo, he added: “Massimo is a tidy midfielder, he is a good ball player and has an eye for a pass.”

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