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Irish movers Troy Parrott's reaction as he seals deadline day switch as Shane Long could also be set for a move


Troy Parrott pictured signing for Ipswich on loan for the remainder of the season. Image credit: Ipswich Town.

Troy Parrott pictured signing for Ipswich on loan for the remainder of the season. Image credit: Ipswich Town.

Troy Parrott pictured signing for Ipswich on loan for the remainder of the season. Image credit: Ipswich Town.

Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott has ended his unsuccessful loan move at Millwall and sealed another temporary switch to League One side Ipswich Town.

The Tottenham striker had been hoping to make a big impression after sealing a move to Millwall last summer, but he has struggled to make his mark with the Londond club as injuries hampered his progress.

Now he will be hoping to get a run of games under Ipswich boss Paul Lambert, with the club eager to their scoring problems that have left them sitting in a mid-table position in a campaign when they were expected to push for promotion back to the Championship.

"I'm really happy to be here," he told iFollow Ipswich. "There are some good players here and I'm looking forward to the second half of the season.

"It was great to get out for my first training session this morning and the lads gave me a really nice welcome.

"I love a challenge and I want to be part of something. I'm excited to get going and I want to score some goals for this club.

"I will work hard for the team and I'm ready to play. I played last weekend so I'm feeling good in terms of match sharpness and I can't wait to get started."

sundayworld.com understand Parrott was recalled by Tottenham from his loan spell as they want him to play in a side that uses him as a central striker, but he has been playing for much of his time a Millwall in a wide role.

Millwall boss Gary Rowett admitted Parrott's move to to his club has not worked out as he told the South London Press why the loan deal from Spurs ended early.

"It is a mutual decision by everybody," said Rowett. "First and foremost Troy fitted into the group fabulously. All the lads loved him.

"He worked so hard to try and get breaks in front of goal. He was doing extra training after the training sessions and coming in on his days off to work. I don’t think he could have done any more.

"Sometimes things just don’t fall for a player. I’m sure it didn’t work out how he wanted, we wanted or Tottenham wanted but now he drops down a level and tries to get more game time.

"We’ll see if he can get more chances and score some goals and use what he learned here to go on and have a successful second half of the season.

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"It got to the point where if he wasn’t going to start that much and get that development time then that is no good to Tottenham and certainly isn’t for Troy. He goes with our blessing.

"I had a really good chat with Troy after our game. I gave him a big hug and wished him all the best. He has been a Millwall player and will always be welcome here any time.

"Sometimes it doesn’t work out and everyone has to be honest and make the decision."

Parrott will wear the No.40 jersey for Ipswich, with the Dubliner keen to find some scoring form ahead of the World Cup qualifiers next month.

Meanwhile, Southampton striker Shane Long may also be on the move, amid rumours that he could be about to swap Southampton for Bournemouth.

Cherries striker Joshua King is in talks to move to Southampton and Long could move the other way as part of the deal.

There is also uncertainty hovering over Harry Arter's future, with the Republic of Ireland midfielder out of favour at Nottingham Forest under manager Chris Hughton.

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