Ten through the door as Conor puts pen to paper on three-year contract
Conor Chaplin has taken the summer arrivals at Portman Road into double figures.
The 24-year-old forward joins the Club from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal and becomes the 10th new Blue under the Gamechanger 20 ownership.
He is also Town’s second signing in a matter of hours following George Edmundson, who completed his move from Rangers earlier this afternoon.
Conor progressed through the Academy ranks at Portsmouth and played under Paul Cook’s managership in the first-team at Fratton Park, scoring 22 goals in 104 League games.
He joined Coventry on loan in August 2018 and then made the move permanent five months later before impressing 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 and helped them reach the Championship Play-Offs last season before they bowed out to Swansea at the semi-final stage.
“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 boss Paul added: “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.
“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.”
Town CEO, Mark Ashton, told the Club website: “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.
“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.”
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