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Ipswich Town talent Armando Dobra goes out on loan to Colchester United

Armando Dobra's loan from Ipswich Town to Colchester United has been confirmed, making it one in and one out of Portman Road on the final day of the summer transfer window.

The attacking midfielder will spend the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign at the Jobserve Community Stadium, with Ipswich having the option to recall the Albanian Under-21 international in January.

Dobra, 20, has made three appearances for Town so far this season, including two in the league added to by his start in the Carabao Cup defeat to Newport County.

Armando Dobra has joined Colchester United on a season-long loan deal Picture: Barry Goodwin
Armando Dobra has joined Colchester United on a season-long loan deal Picture: Barry Goodwin

But with Bersant Celina's arrival earlier today he has fallen further down the pecking order in his position and will therefore look to get first-team football with Hayden Mullins' League Two outfit.

The 20-year-old, who has 30 senior appearances to his name at Ipswich, could make his U’s debut on Saturday, when Colchester host newly-promoted Sutton United.

And Dobra will be among familiar faces in north Essex with former Blues team-mates Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse, Freddie Sears and Alan Judge having made summer moves down the A12.

Colchester United's director of football Tony Humes told the U's website: "Armando is a great signing for the club. He had plenty of interest from sides in League One but chose to join Colchester United.

"He will provide another option for Hayden to use this season, and we can't wait to see him get going."

Meanwhile, Town boss Paul Cook has said he is delighted with the business they have been able to do this summer, with goalkeeper Christian Walton and Celina's arrivals in the last two days taking it to 18 incomings.

"We feel that the recruitment of players over the summer has been of a very high standard," Cook told the club's website.

"We want competition for places all over the pitch. We feel it is so important for a competitive squad.

"The transfer window closes tonight and if we are finished now, we’ll be delighted with what we’ve got.

"When the window shuts, that’ll be us done and we can concentrate on getting the team to function as a football team. At the minute, we’re just in the early stages of forming that.

"This couple of weeks is going to be a really good time for us to get the injured players back and get a couple of weeks of strong training in."

Town could still add a defensive-minded midfielder prior to the 11pm deadline tonight.

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