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16 October 2012

Stephen signs three month deal as Town add to goalkeeping options

Town have signed Stephen Henderson on loan from West Ham until January.

The 24-year-old goalkeeper, who has put pen to paper on a three month deal, has trained with his new team-mates over the last two days - with the paperwork completed over the move this afternoon.  

Stephen started his career in England as a youth at Aston Villa before joining Bristol City in 2007. He spent four years at Ashton Gate but his first-team chances were limited with the Dublin born player going out on loan to York, Weymouth, Wycombe, Aldershot and Yeovil in his time with the Robins.

In the summer of 2011 he joined Portsmouth and impressed in his first season at the club, with Town making a move to bring him to Portman Road in January.

In March he was loaned to West Ham with a view to a permanent move and in the summer, he signed a three year deal at Upton Park.

Capped by the Republic of Ireland at U21 level eight times, he has been named in the senior squad over the last year but has yet to make his debut.

“I’ve not played much football this season so when I was told I could go out on loan, my agent contacted Ipswich and once I knew they wanted me, that was it,” said Stephen.

“I’ve played here a few times. It’s a fantastic football club and I’m really looking forward to the three months here and showing what I can do.”

Town boss Paul Jewell added: “We’re delighted to have Stephen here and he will add to the competition we have in the goalkeeping areas.” 

“Scott’s [Loach] confidence has taken a little knock just lately – that happens to every player at some stage. He’ll get through it and be better for it but bringing Stephen in gives us other options, along with Arran [Lee-Barrett] as well. 

“It’s been well documented that we tried to bring Stephen to the Club last season but Portsmouth did not accept our offer.

“We weren’t the only club after him and obviously he’s a West Ham player now and playing at a Premier League club. He’s been on the bench for them this season but when the opportunity came up to bring him here on loan, it’s one we wanted to take because he’s a very good goalkeeper and can only benefit the squad.” 

Stephen becomes the second new Blue since the weekend, with Nigel Reo-Coker also joining the Club as free agent.

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