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Ipswich Town confirm signing of striker Joe Garner on a three-year deal from Rangers

PUBLISHED: 19:37 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 20:34 16 June 2017

Ipswich Town have signed striker Joe Garner for a fee of around £1m from Rangers. Photo: ITFC

Ipswich Town have signed striker Joe Garner for a fee of around £1m from Rangers. Photo: ITFC

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Ipswich Town have confirmed the signing of striker Joe Garner from Scottish Premier League club Rangers.

It’s understood the Blues will pay £750k up front and that the deal will almost certainly rise to £1m – the highest transfer fee spent by Mick McCarthy during his four-and-a-half years in charge at Portman Road.

The 29-year-old, who has penned a three-year deal, told the club website: “I’ve nearly come here a few times before. I spoke to the manager a couple of times and was over-the-moon that there was an opportunity to come down.”

• Garner’s career in numbers.

Garner endured a frustrating 10-goal debut campaign at Ibrox following a £1.8m switch last summer. He was a firm favourite at his previous club of Preston though, writing himself into Lilywhites folklore with two seasons of talismanic League One form.

He will be reunited with former Nottingham Forest team-mates Luke Chambers and David McGoldrick in Suffolk.

“I’ve spoken to them both and both speak really well of the club and the manager,” he said, speaking ahead of Town’s return to pre-season training a week on Monday. “Hopefully I can settle in quickly and hit the ground running. I’m just really looking forward to it.”

• Mixed feelings from Town fans over Garner signing

Match of the Day pundit and big Preston supporter Mark Lawrenson believes Garner will be a hit among the Blues faithful.

Speaking to the EADT and Ipswich Star earlier this week, he said: “I’ll tell you now, he’ll be one of the hardest working centre-forwards that Ipswich Town fans have seen in the club’s entire history. He’s a nuisance, an absolute nuisance for centre defenders – they absolutely hate playing against him.

“He’s not particularly tall or well-built, but he hangs in the air, he’s fiery, aggressive and he gets people at it. There’s a little bit of devilment about him and he’ll pick a few yellow cards, but I think all teams need that in the Championship.

“The Preston fans loved him, he was popular in the dressing room and I’m sure that will be the case at Ipswich too.”

Garner becomes Town’s second signing of the summer after defender Jordan Spence penned a two-year deal following the expiration of his short-term deal at the end of last season.

The Blues have also agreed a season-long loan deal for exciting 20-year-old Manchester City and Kosovo winger Bersant Celina.

• Comment: Midfielder must now be Town’s top priority

Town’s players return to pre-season a week on Monday (June 26) then play away friendlies against Drogheda United (Dublin), Peterborough, Gillingham, Colchester and Charlton. The 2017/18 Championship fixtures are announced next Wednesday.

13 comments

  • Suffolk Punch - according to my calculations 750k is equidistant from 500k and 1m. Not nearer £1m. I'm also confused that the fact it is less than £1m means more funds for other deals, unless you have some inside knowledge? How do we know it isn't the entire budget? It looks like another Mick player to me, a bad tempered, unpredictable, inconsistent, foot in first battler who's signed up for 3 years to the end of his career so he can sit comfortably and draw the cash regardless of injuries and suspensions. How exactly does a 29 year old who's never performed well higher than League 1 get a three year contract? Looks like madness or desperation to me and certainly not the building for the future of the 5 year plan.

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    ColonelChester

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

  • Deary me, I was being was being sarcastic Brian!

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    Suffolk_Punch

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Suffolk Punch, the claim that McCarthy is the dirtiest player in World Cup history has been made on this site numerous times before. It's just that you haven't paid enough attention.

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • The thing you have to ask yourself Critic is why were Rangers prepared to pay 1.8m for him the first place as according Mark Lawrenson who raves about him, he has always played the same way. If he does turn out to be a flop at least Tiwn havent wasted a ridiculous amount on him like a Hooper, Grabban or van wolfswinkle. MM the dirtiest player in world cup history is he, you have never mentioned this before! Poet the EADT said they the believed the fee was close to one million. SW said the EADT & evening Star believe the fee is closer to 1 million rather than the £500k that has been reported by other sources. £750k is certainly closer to a million than £500k. Plus with the add ons it could reach 1 million. Obviously the add ons haven't been disclosed but It would be safe to assume it will be for appearances & goals. What does it matter anyway if the fee is less than a million. Surely that is a good thing as it means more funds to go towards bringing other players in.

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    Suffolk_Punch

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Comment from Chris Sutton 11th March 2017. "Rangers were given a huge pre-match boost with the confirmation that Joe Garner will be suspended for tomorrow's old firm match. Truth is they will be better off without the expensive reckless liability.... etc. Bit it's fair to say he won't be missed by the Rangers fans and team mates who wouldn't trust him to stay on the pitch. Over to you Mr Punch. Will he be a valuable asset or a liability that Rangers were desperate to get rid of, whatever the cost ?

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    critic Blue

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • The Scottish Daily Record advise that GARNER has joined the Town on an "undisclosed fee". The refer to his "red mist, a time bomb, horror tackles, making little impact under 2 managers at Ibrox and can't be trusted when the heat is on" . Rangers are ecstatic to see the back of him. Sounds a perfect fit for Mick (who still holds the record of being the dirtiest player in World Cup history (1990) !!

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    critic Blue

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Suffolk_Punch, faith won't prevent us from being relegated ( as the bookies predict) the only thing that will stop that, is going to be defined by how much Evans spends on this woeful squad.

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    Poet

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Suffolk_Punch, the fee for Garner is around £750.000, the EADT have been saying for days that the fee is 1million. That is incorrect and shouldn't have been reported as such. They now say that it will almost rise to 1 million, however they fail to say how. That's no surprise to me.

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    Poet

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • I think he'll be known as 'jock' - in homage to his failed Rangers stint. Interesting that this aging trundler ' nearly came here a few times before'. I wonder what has changed. Surely not hard cash? Lack of other opportunities? Nice for Suffolk Punch to learn that this 3rd rate player sees Touts as a fifth rate option. And

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    Pundit

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Garners? Garnery? An upfront pairing of Moore and Garners should set pulses racing and put the fear of God into the opposition, rather as the AB's haka does. Look for the F column to race ahead of the A! Believe Garners has been described as a nuisance and a non-prolific netter, but fully expect Moorey to do the needful. The excited Kosovan will be raising a glass, too. Stand by your beds, you Premiership doubters, the promised land awaits!

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    Lazlo

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Oh ye of little faith Poet. You can be sure it was his agent causing the delay trying to squeeze as much out of Town for his client. But he is here now so you can rest a little easier. They have also clarified his fee for you. Like most deals these days they nearly always include add ons. Although no doubt Critic blue will at some point claim the deal is a HP agreement or there was no actual fee & Rangers just let him go to get him of their wage bill. Actually just 6 to go now seeing Town have secured the season long loan signing of Celina.

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    Suffolk_Punch

    Friday, June 16, 2017

  • I've no doubts that I will be accused of being pessimistic, but Jordan Spence was a contract extension, and not a signing, one that didn't exactly get us all clambering for our wallets. Joe Garner has eventually arrived, took his time, who gave in? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt, and see if he can make a name in the Championship this time around. In my opinion, in order to be just competitive in this league, Evans and McCarthy will need at least 8 signings, only another 7 to go then.

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    Poet

    Friday, June 16, 2017

  • Talk about busses. You expect to wait until August for a signing then two come along at once, in June. Has ME finally woken up????

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    Stat-Matt

    Friday, June 16, 2017

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