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Norwich City old boy is helping East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town

11:07 11 November 2014

Former Norwich City loanee Antoine Sibierski played a key role in Ipswich Town

Former Norwich City loanee Antoine Sibierski played a key role in Ipswich Town's move for Kevin Bru, pictured challenging Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan in the East Anglian Derby earlier this season. Picture: Archant.

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A former Canaries striker has played a role in the current resurgence of rivals Ipswich Town.

The Tractor Boys have former Norwich City loan player Antoine Sibierski, who scored once in 16 appearances for the Canaries during a loan stint in 2008/09, to thank for the arrival of Kevin Bru.

Little was known about the Paris-born, Mauritian international when he signed for the Blues on a free transfer in the summer.

The former Levski Sofia man has proved a real find, though, impressing in the recent home wins over Wolves and Watford with his box-to-box energy and eye for a pass.

And it was former Manchester City, Newcastle, Wigan and Norwich midfielder Sibierski – now an agent and sporting director at one of Bru’s former clubs, Lille – who recommended the 25-year-old to the Blues.

“Kevin Bru has just been great whenever he played,” said Tractor Boys’ boss Mick McCarthy. “He looks a really good Championship player.”

Asked how the club goes about identifying a player like Bru, who had a played for a string of lower league French clubs before moving to Bulgaria, the Blues boss replied: “I tell you how I find them. It’s because I’m prepared to take people in (on trial) and have a look at them.

“The irony of it is I got a call from Antoine Sibierski. He said ‘will you have a look at this lad?’ We had a look at him on our system, TC (assistant Terry Connor) said ‘gaffer he looks like a good player, he’s technically good’ so I said ‘we’ll have a look’.”

“I’ve must have had hundreds, maybe thousands come in on trial over the years. You have a look at them, most of them you say ‘thanks, but no thanks’ but you have to keep doing it.

“Sometimes you get, not lucky, but you find one. We seem to have done that with Kevin.”

8 comments

  • Favourite for Top Tenuous? 16 loan games. `Striker` scores one goal. Makes The Young Toe-Stubber of Old Amsterdam look not quite so bad. Still pretty damn bad, though. Lest we forget - there`s still £8.5m `worth` of `assets` out on loan at St. Etienne... To Machianalli & his cronies - I won`t forget. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Ahhh! They've changed the tagline not the photo - well done lads.

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • ....and still they haven't changed the photo!! Does anyone at Archant ever look at these articles after they slap them up here?

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Well if he's heading for the door its clearly an Ipswich fan as the photo is from this seasons derby victory at Portaloo Road.

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    Piranha24

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • MikeyB@ I think you are wrong. That guy in the orange jacket must be a Canary supporter as I believe he is heading for the exit.

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    What a Hoot

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Well, if it is him, he must have had a hair transplant

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Norwegian Canary - I think you'll Sibierski is the guy in the orange jacket in the background!

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Common, thats not a pic of Sibierski! He would definately not be playing in that shirt, and he is just a tad taller than Wes?

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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