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28 June 2021

Third arrival in four days as shot-stopper signs on the dotted line

Town have completed the signing of Vaclav Hladky from Salford City for an undisclosed fee.

The Czech goalkeeper, who was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year last season, has penned a three-year deal at Portman Road.

Vaclav, who also picked up the Golden Glove award last campaign following an impressive 22 clean sheets in 46 league games, is the Club's third arrival in four days following the signings of Rekeem Harper and Macauley Bonne.

After turning professional with FC Zbrojovka Brno B in 2006, the now 30-year-old enjoyed 13 years playing in the Czech Republic before joining St Mirren in 2019.

He quickly became a fan favourite at St Mirren Park and in May 2019 proved to be the man of the moment when The Buddies faced Dundee United in the play-off final. Following a 1-1 draw, Vaclav saved three out of four penalties to keep St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

In August 2020 Vaclav completed a switch to Salford City. A highlight of his time with The Ammies came when he saved the deciding penalty as Salford defeated Portsmouth 4-2 in the shoot-out following a 0-0 draw in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley.

Vaclav was also voted player of the season by the club's supporters in 2020/21, and stopped 77.2% of the shots he faced last term - a League Two high.

Following a strong personal season and a total of 53 appearances for Salford, he completes a switch to Town with the aim of carrying that momentum forward at Portman Road.

“It’s been an absolutely perfect day. I’ve signed the contract and I’m so happy to be here," Vaclav told iFollow Ipswich.

“Ipswich Town is a huge club so it was a quick decision. I got the offer and I said ‘yes I want to be there’ straight away.

"I share the vision of the Club and I can't wait to get started."

Town boss Paul Cook added: "The goalkeeper is such an important position on the pitch and once again our owners have backed us with this signing.

"He will have a massive part to play for us next season. This is another part of the jigsaw that we are putting together."

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