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McCarthy confirms Town will sign teenage Irish striker

PUBLISHED: 09:18 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 13 October 2017

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy. Photo: Ross Halls

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy. Photo: Ross Halls

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he likes ‘pretty much everything’ about teenage striker Aaron Drinan, whose move to the Blues from Irish club Waterford is set to be confirmed when the transfer window opens again in January.

Town are reportedly set to pay the League of Ireland First Division champions a £90,000 transfer fee for the 19-year-old after he impressed on trial at Playford Road.

“I think he will, eventually, be a first-team player,” said McCarthy. “Whenever that is, I don’t know.”

The Blues boss previously recruited striker Daryl Murphy from Waterford when Sunderland boss back in 2005.

In the summer of 2013 he signed another Waterford youngster in the form of Jack Doherty, but the winger returned to Ireland the following year without breaking into the Town side.

Former Blues brothers Stephen and Noel Hunt also hail from the city in south-east Ireland.

Town have also had Waterford youngster John Martin on trial, but McCarthy said; “At this moment in time there’s nothing happening on that one.”

The Gunn family know all about the highs and lows that the East Anglian derby can provide and Angus is relishing the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father for Norwich this Sunday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers issued a rallying call to his team-mates ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Norwich City telling them “now is the time to stand-up and be counted.”

Ipswich Town legend and former England captain Terry Butcher has paid tribute to his son Christopher’s “larger than life character” and described him as a “formidable and true friend” following the 35-year-old’s death.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has hit back at Nelson Oliveira’s claim that Norwich City are a ‘better club’ with ‘better players’ by calling the City striker ‘not very well educated’.

The fit-and-firing David McGoldrick is the Ipswich Town player that Norwich City fans would most like to have in the Canary ranks in Sunday’s East Anglian derby.

Former Ipswich Town star Marcus Stewart says players have to put themselves “in the shoes of the fans” on derby day.

Just 13 players have represented both Norwich City and Ipswich Town since 1980 – but can you remember which club those players represented more?

Ipswich Town legend George Burley believes the Blues have their best chance of winning an East Anglian derby in years at Portman Road this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Daniel Farke may be new to East Anglian rivalries but the Norwich City boss warns Ipswich Town face a titanic struggle to break the derby spell.

Every derby is about passion, loyalty and tribal pride. We get it. Ipswich Town v Norwich City is no different. But who do you have a sneaking regard for in the Canaries’ line up?

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