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Ipswich Town youngster Jack Lankester rubber stamps switch to fellow League One side Cambridge United

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Ipswich Town's attacking midfielder Jack Lankester has completed a move to Cambridge United.

Speculation revealed yesterday that the two League One clubs had agreed a fee for the 21-year-old, who has struggled to get regular match action at Portman Road following his recovery from a serious back injury.

And now the switch has been confirmed, with the Bury St Edmunds-raised player putting pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Abbey Stadium.

Jack Lankester has left Ipswich to link up with Cambridge
Jack Lankester has left Ipswich to link up with Cambridge

“I am very happy to be here. As soon as it came up I was very excited to get it going," Lankester told the Cambridge website.

"I am from Bury St Edmunds and know the area really well so it was definitely my first choice. A fresh start is something I need and I don’t think there is a better place than here to do it.”

Meanwhile, Cambridge head coach Mark Bonner added: “Jack joins us at a stage in his career where contributing more often to the first team is key for him.

"His ability level saw him play 11 times in the Championship as an 18-year-old and although injuries have curtailed his development a little along the way, having returned to full fitness, he made a good impact in League One last season.

"His challenge now is to work for a place in the team and to adjust to a new environment quickly.

“He is well balanced, has an excellent left foot and superb vision to open teams up with incisive passes.

"This is a brilliant opportunity for him and I am excited to be working together with him.

"We aim to give him the confidence and opportunity he needs to show how good he is as we believe we have a player with real potential on our hands.”

Lankester, who previously had a loan spell with his hometown club Bury Town, will wear the number 23 shirt.

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