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Defender Toto Nsiala has become the first player to leave Ipswich Town under manager Kieran McKenna, completing a transfer to fellow Sky Bet League One club Fleetwood Town today.

It ended a three-and-a-half-year spell in Suffolk for the 29-year-old DR Congo international, having been signed by Paul Hurst from his former club Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 2018.

It is understood the Blues have received a small transfer fee for the player whose contract was due to expire this summer.

Toto Nsiala has completed a move to Fleetwood Town, becoming the first player to leave the club under Kieran McKenna's reign Picture: Barry Goodwin
Toto Nsiala has completed a move to Fleetwood Town, becoming the first player to leave the club under Kieran McKenna's reign Picture: Barry Goodwin

Nsiala, who began his career at Everton, made 77 appearances in all competitions for Town, scoring one goal with 15 having come in the current campaign.

He also had a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers during the second half of the 2019/20 campaign.

Speaking to Radio Lancashire at a press conference for his unveiling today he said: “It feels good to be back up north, it was important for the family to do this, and I want to just focus on my football, play more games and show my worth at the club.

"Fleetwood has always been on my mind, as it has with my agent as well. I feel like the staff and the manager wanted it to happen, and I feel like it was always going to happen – it’s a good time to make the move.

“It gives me time at home, and it shows belief from the club that they want me as a player and it’s always good to feel wanted; I feel like they’ve given me a good opportunity to show that here. I can’t wait to play – hopefully that can be this weekend!

“I played against Fleetwood for Ipswich, and I thought they were very good, I was impressed with (Jay) Matete and the young midfielders who were very good on the day. I know the quality and there are a few young lads who have raw talent so I’m looking forward to working with them.”

He was also asked about his time at Town, to which he replied: “There’s a lot of things to be said about how it went at Ipswich.

"Some things are (best) left not really spoken about and just move on with it.

“I can’t really tell you how it went. Some people say it went well, some people said it (didn’t). Good luck to them and hopefully they’ll do well.”

Ipswich travel to 18th placed Bolton Wanderers tomorrow with McKenna believing it will be far from an easy task to pick up a third straight victory.