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Ipswich Town sign forward Conor Chaplin from Championship play-off semi-finalists Barnsley




Ipswich Town have followed up today's earlier acquisition of George Edmundson from Glasgow Rangers with the addition of Barnsley regular Conor Chaplin - as their summer signings hit double figures.

Like the former, forward or left-winger Chaplin is thought to have required a fee around the £1million mark, though again, it is officially undisclosed.

The 24-year-old helped Barnsley to reach the Championship play-offs last season and has penned a three-year deal at Portman Road, saying the club's ambitions match his own.

Former Barnsley forward or winger Conor Chaplin has become the 10th summer signing announced by Ipswich Town Picture: ITFC
Former Barnsley forward or winger Conor Chaplin has become the 10th summer signing announced by Ipswich Town Picture: ITFC

The move to Suffolk sees Chaplin link back up with manager Paul Cook, whom he worked under at Portsmouth.

And the Blues boss believes the player who has scored 50 goals across 240 appearances for his Football League clubs is one of the most natural finishers he has had under his guidance.

“I worked with Conor at Portsmouth and he is one of the nicest young men you could meet. He’s an infectious character, he loves football and he will settle into the dressing room in five minutes," Cook told the club website.

“He’s a natural finisher too. He’s probably the best finisher I have ever worked with in fact.

“With our attacking options now, I feel like we could be in a place where we can score goals at any stage in a game - that’s exciting.”

Chaplin, who scored 22 goals in 104 league games after coming through the academy at Portsmouth, had a loan spell in League One with Coventry in August 2018 that turned into a permanent deal.

After impressing with the Sky Blues he did enough to earn a four-year deal at Barnsley in the summer of 2019.

Able to play in a number of attacking roles, he scored 15 goals in 78 league games for the Tykes, including three in 34 last season as they finished in the top six before bowing out in the play-off semi-finals to Swansea City.

“Maybe people looking in from the outside and seeing me drop from the Championship to League One might think it’s surprising but I don’t want to be in this division for long and Ipswich match my own ambitions,” Conor told iFollow Ipswich.

“It’s a massive club anyway but speaking to the gaffer and the people here, I can see what they want to achieve.

“As a player it’s important to play for a club that wants to really go somewhere and it’s exciting to be part of that.

“Obviously I know the gaffer well from our time together at Portsmouth and he was a big part in me coming here as well. I know how he likes his teams to play and I know how he is as a manager as well. There are no grey areas and that’s important to me. I can’t wait to get going now.”

Town CEO, Mark Ashton, has not ruled out further signings arriving at Portman Road before the home kick-off against Morecambe a week on Saturday.

“It’s been a busy day and we are delighted to bring both George and Conor to the club. We wish them every success here," he said.

“We are continuing to work on adding to the squad further before the season kicks off on 7 August and we will see what develops over the coming days.”

Town take on hosting Colchester United in their penultimate pre-season friendly this evening (7.45pm).

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