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15 October 2021

"I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and playing my part to help move the Club forwards"

Gary Probert is joining Town as Director of Football Operations.

He arrives at Portman Road having worked in the Football League for several years and with an established reputation for converting young talent into first-team players.

Gary, who officially joins on 1 November, will head up the Club’s recruitment, Academy, analysis, U23s and loans programme.

He will play a pivotal role in the development of emerging talent within the Club’s Academy setup.

Gary moves to Town having previously been with Bristol City, beginning as a lead foundation phase coach in 2013.

Working underneath Mark Ashton for over five years, he went on to be appointed as academy manager by the now Town CEO.

Gary is the latest off-field arrival at Portman Road as the Club continues to reshape its infrastructure and strategy.

"I’m looking forward to getting started," he told the Club website.

"I think it’s a really exciting project to find out about, add some value to and play a part in.

"From afar, it looked like something big was happening here. Having spoken to Mark in the last few days, it’s brought it home to me how inspirational and big it could be.

"Having a relationship with people I’ve worked with previously is advantageous for hopefully hitting the ground running.

"The role will help support Lee O’Neill and the Academy, and help that transition from playing in the Academy to senior football.

"I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and playing my part to help move the Club forwards."

Town CEO, Mark, added: "I’m delighted to be able to confirm that Gary will be joining us.

"I worked with Gary for a number of years and he was instrumental in bringing through a stream of players into the first-team, with some of those going on to play in the Premier League.

"Gary will work closely with Paul Cook and Andy Rolls to oversee a number of crucial areas at the Club."

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