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Douglas joins McCarthy's Ipswich Town green machine

Published 04/08/2015 | 02:30

'Jonathan Douglas is on his way to Ipswich to join Mick McCarthy’s green-tinted dressing room'
'Jonathan Douglas is on his way to Ipswich to join Mick McCarthy’s green-tinted dressing room'

Former Ireland international Jonathan Douglas is on his way to Ipswich to join Mick McCarthy's green-tinted dressing room.

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Douglas, 33, has been told he has no future at Brentford, the club he skippered to the play-offs last season before the acrimonious departure of coach Mark Warburton.

The Monaghan native scored eight times in 46 appearances last term and his arrival will boost McCarthy's engine room ahead of another promotion tilt.

Meanwhile, former UCD midfielder Paul Corry has signed up with League Two side Northampton after his release from Sheffield Wednesday. The Belvedere product has signed a one-year deal.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace yesterday became the London club with the biggest net spend on players this summer when they paid Sunderland £9m for Connor Wickham, who has signed a five-year deal.

Arrivals

The striker, who spent four years at the Stadium of Light, will link up with other new arrivals midfielder Yohan Cabaye (£10m) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (£3.5m) at Selhurst Park.

Wickham, 22, who joined Sunderland from Ipswich, said: "I think I needed the fresh start. I had four years up north and it's been a bit stop-start.

"Now I've come back home and I can settle down and see my family a bit more and, hopefully, let my football do the talking.

"I spoke to the gaffer last week and he said all the right things about the club and I've got friends here who told me some good things," he said. "I looked at the team before I arrived and the signings that have been brought in, and the potential to score goals and chances that could be created was a massive influence. Hopefully, I can add to that."

Wickham scored 15 goals in 91 games for Sunderland and helped them avoid the drop in 2013-'14 when he netted five times in their last six games.

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