Currie goes on trial with LA Galaxy

DARREN Currie could have played his last game for Ipswich Town after leaving today for a trial with David Beckham's new American club LA Galaxy.The midfielder signed for Ipswich in December 2004 from Brighton and his contract expires in the summer.

By Elvin King

DARREN Currie could have played his last game for Ipswich Town after leaving today for a trial with David Beckham's new American club LA Galaxy.

The midfielder signed for Ipswich in December 2004 from Brighton and his contract expires in the summer.

The 32-year-old has made 89 Town appearances and scored nine goals.

LA Galaxy play in the MLS and are coached by former Ipswich defender Frank Yallop.

Currie dismissed reports earlier this month that he might be heading for the States. He is set to stay in California for a fortnight to try to win a contract.

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Ipswich manager Jim Magilton said: “Darren has not played as much as he would have liked this season.

“He has been a model professional and when the request was made for him to go, we could not stand in his way.

“It is an exciting opportunity. He will see how he gets on and we will take it from there.”

Town striker Billy Clarke won his first Republic of Ireland Under-21 cap against Slovakia in a Madeira tournament last night. He did not score in a 1-0 win.

Clarke now returns home to be available for Saturday's Championship game with QPR.

He will miss further games against a Madeira side today and Portugal on Friday.

Ipswich defender Michael Synnott did not play last night, but he is still in the squad.

Town squad players Owen Garvan and Shane Supple were withdrawn from the tour after being initially selected.

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