Blues boss excited at signing of Ipswich Town youngster

Jack Ainsley has signed for Lowestoft Town.

Jack Ainsley has signed for Lowestoft Town. - Credit: Andy Abbott

Lowestoft Town have swooped for former Ipswich Town defender Jack Ainsley on a two-year contract.

The 22-year-old, pictured, was released by Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy at the end of last season following a loan spell with Chelmsford City and joins brother, Stuart, at Crown Meadow. Joint boss Ady Gallagher believes the Trawlerboys' patience this summer in the transfer market has finally been rewarded.

'We would not have thought that we had any chance of bringing in someone like Jack,' said Gallagher, whose side have made just one signing during the close season in the form of goalkeeper Will Viner from Thurrock

'But circumstances change in football and we're delighted to have him on board. Jack has been training with us for a few weeks and you can see that he's really enjoyed it. He played a part in the friendly against Sudbury and the chairman has done a great job in bringing someone of that calibre in because it has been hard going so far in the transfer market.'

'We are delighted to get someone of Jack's quality.'

Ainsley is likely to feature for the Blues in their friendly at home to Dereham Town this evening, kick-off 7.45pm, but Gallagher revealed the management team will bide their time in nailing down a position for the youngster.

'We are still open on that. As a young lad he was always a striker but he has played full back for Ipswich in the Championship.

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'If you spoke to him I think he regards himself as a striker but we will wait and see where we think it would be best to use him.'