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Nathan Ellington leaves Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 17:48 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:49 31 January 2013

Nathan Ellington

Nathan Ellington

NATHAN Ellington has become the latest Ipswich Town player to have the remainder of his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

The striker – who made just three starts and 16 substitute appearances during his 18 months at the Blues, failing to score – underwhelmed on loan at struggling League One club Scunthorpe United recently.

He told Sporting Life: “I didn’t see any future here and I think there will be a lot more opportunity for me at another club.

“I’d like to find a new club as quickly as possible really because you don’t want to miss out on playing and training for too long because you need to keep your sharpness up. That’s the aim and then I can continue the rest of the season and finish on a good note.

“I would obviously accept a move down the divisions now because of what’s happened over the past few years with not playing much. Maybe I need to drop down so I can start playing regularly and remind people of my qualities.

“I’m prepared to do that and I’ve played in all the leagues before so I have experience of how it goes down there. I’m just raring to play football regularly again.

“I’m always helping the younger players and they’re always appreciative of it. They always say it’s good to train with me so they can get that extra bit of advice as well. Having a player with my experience at a club does benefit others.”

Ellington – who was brought to Portman Road by his former Wigan boss Paul Jewell – said: “It was the most frustrating time of my career because there was a lot less chances to get a run of games. I would have thought under Paul Jewell I would have got that but for one reason or another I didn’t.

“When Mick McCarthy arrived I had a bit of an injury but I still tried to train as you want to make a good impression on the new manager. I went out to Scunthorpe on loan but a mixture of injuries, games being called off and the flu meant the move kind of backfired really.

“Just before I left Scunthorpe I got fit again and was ready to play but unfortunately it was the end of the loan period. But I feel good now and I’ve been training really well so I just want to kick on and start afresh at a new club.

“As for Mick McCarthy I have nothing but respect and admiration for him – he’s running the club really well. As for me, it’s just one of those things that if you’re not needed then you have to look elsewhere.

“But I now have an opportunity to move on and that’s what I’ve set my sights on doing. I’m not going to dwell on the past.”

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

Punters are tipping Ipswich Town to win Sunday’s hotly-anticipated derby clash with old rivals Norwich City.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says the new-look Blues squad should fear no-one in the Championship – and that includes Norwich this Sunday.

Respected Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham insists cool heads will decide Sunday’s East Anglian Championship derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

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.

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