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LOUIE BARRY JOINS ON LOAN

6 August 2021

Young forward is 11th summer arrival

Town have signed Louie Barry on loan for the 2021/22 season.

The 18-year-old, who arrives from Aston Villa, put pen to paper before the midday deadline and is therefore eligible to form part of the matchday squad tomorrow, should Paul Cook wish for him to be involved when Morecambe travel to Portman Road.

Louie, a striker who can also operate on the wing, was a youth player with West Brom for 10 years from the age of eight before signing for Barcelona in 2019.

His move to the Nou Camp saw him become the first player to join and play for La Masia academy, and he made his competitive debut for Barcelona U19s in October 2019, scoring in a 6-0 victory over Ebro.

In January 2020 Louie then joined Aston Villa and again netted on his debut as he came on  to score the equaliser for the U23 side against Cardiff City.

Twelve months later he was selected in the first-team squad for the visit of Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup.

He scored to level the game at 1-1, and earned plaudits from Reds boss Jurgen Klopp for his display at Villa Park.

In May 2021 Louie played a key role as Aston Villa’s U18s lifted the FA Youth Cup, beating Liverpool, who knocked Town out at the semi-final stage, 2-1 in the final.

Following a successful season with the Midlands club, Louie is keen to stake a claim for regular first-team football and he believes Portman Road is an excellent opportunity to do that.

“It’s been a crazy few days and as soon as I found out Ipswich were interested, I wanted to make the move,” Louie told iFollow Ipswich.

“I felt the manager’s enthusiasm as soon as I walked in and I am really looking forward to working under him.

“The Club made me feel wanted and you can tell it’s a club going in the right direction. I want to play my part and be involved.”

“Louie is such an exciting player,” Town boss Paul Cook added.

“He really wants to play football and do well in a first-team environment. Our job is to provide him with a platform to build and also give him an opportunity to express himself.

“If it’s not tomorrow then he certainly will be involved on Tuesday in some capacity.”

Town are expecting a bumper crowd of more than 20,000 tomorrow afternoon. To secure your seat for the visit of Morecambe, click here!

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