Garvan and Counago sign new contracts

OWEN Garvan last night ended doubts over his Ipswich Town future by agreeing to sign a new three-year contract.

Derek Davis

OWEN Garvan last night ended doubts over his Ipswich Town future by agreeing to sign a new three-year contract.

Spaniard Pablo Counago has also been handed a new three-year contract keeping him at the club until 2011.

The 20-year-old Irishman, who had a year left on his old contract, was first offered a new deal by Ipswich but held out until now while a couple of clauses were inserted and he got the right deal.


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The left-footed midfielder has made it clear he wants Premier League football but despite reported interest no top level club made a definite move for him.

A member of the Blues FA Youth Cup winning side of 2005, the Dubliner made his Town debut three years ago against Cardiff City and has gone on to make 107 first team appearances, with seven goals.

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Spotted while playing for home far in the Republic of Ireland, in the same side as Shane Supple and Michael Synott, Garvan progressed through the youth system but got his first taste of the first team when Joe Royle named his as a substitute in the win at Brighton, in November 2004.

After playing at Under-15, Under-17 and the Under 21s for the Republic of Ireland, Garvan has recently been named in Giovanni Trapattoni's full squad but has yet to win a senior cap.

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