Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has spoke of his delight at sealing a contract until the end of the season with Championship side Ipswich Town.
The 27-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last season, and has not played since breaking his leg and suffering ankle ligament damage during a 3-2 win at Birmingham City in April.
A number of clubs had been keeping tabs on Ebanks-Blake as he battled back to fitness, yet it is no surprise that he has decided to join Ipswich, where he will link up with his former Molineux boss Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor.
“I’m delighted to get the deal done and finally be an Ipswich player,” Ebanks-Blake told Town’s official website. “It’s been on the cards for a while now and I’m just pleased we’ve managed to get everything done and dusted. I’m here now and in the mix with the rest of the lads to play my part for the team.
“I’ve worked with the gaffer and TC (Connor) before and we’ve had a lot of success in the past. They played a big part in me wanting to come here. You know what you get with the gaffer. He’s honest and straight and TC is a great coach, especially with us strikers, and I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch after so long out injured.”
Ebanks-Blake, who was capped by England at Under-21 level in 2008, began his career at Manchester United having been poached from Cambridge United as a youngster. He failed to make the grade at Old Trafford and in 2006 joined Plymouth Argyle, for whom he scored 21 goals in 66 league games.
The striker then moved on to Wolves in 2008 for £1.5million, and he registered 61 goals in 177 matches, including 15 last season before he was injured. He left the club when his contract expired at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.