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Henderson back at Ipswich after Rovers pull out

IRELAND hopeful Stephen Henderson will return to Championship side Ipswich Town for a second loan spell after a proposed move to Blackburn Rovers fell through.

The 24-year-old had been on loan to Mick McCarthy’s side earlier this season but had to return to West Ham when that deal expired.

Henderson was lined up by Blackburn as a replacement for Paul Robinson if he had gone to West Ham but that deal stalled, and once Ipswich learned that Henderson was available again, McCarthy swooped to renew the loan deal until the end of the season, allowing the Dubliner to resume a relegation battle with the Tractor Boys.

Permanent

Kildare lad Cian Bolger was the main Irish-related permanent move on transfer deadline day as he agreed to join Bolton Wanderers from Leicester City.

The Celbridge native, who hopes to make his Ireland U21 debut against Holland in Tallaght Stadium next Wednesday, had struggled to get games at Leicester this season and had been on loan to Bristol City.

But Bolton boss Dougie Freedman rates the player as one for the future and has handed him a deal which keeps Bolger at Bolton until 2016.

“Although he’ll train with the first team squad, Cian is one who will initially play in the development squad,” said Freedman.

“We believe that he has the potential to be knocking on the door for a regular place in the senior team in the near future.”

Shamrock Rovers came to an agreement with Premier League side Reading to take former Hoops man Karl Sheppard on loan until the summer.

Former Everton man Sheppard joined the Royals from Rovers 12 months ago but was unable to work his way into the first team at the Madejski Stadium and recently spent time on loan to Accrington Stanley, but now he hopes that the move to Rovers can kick-start his career.

IRISH DEADLINE DAY MOVES

Cian Bolger, Leicester City to Bolton Wanderers, undisclosed fee

Stephen Henderson, West Ham to Ipswich, loan renewed

Rory Delap, Stoke to Barnsley, loan

Rob Kiernan, Wigan to Brentford, loan extended

Karl Sheppard, Reading to Shamrock Rovers, loan

Darren Murphy, Port Vale to Macclesfield

Roy O’Donovan, Coventry to Northampton

Jon Macken, Northwich Victoria to Stockport


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