Midfielder becomes second addition in as many days
Town have completed the loan signing of Tyreeq Bakinson from Bristol City until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old central midfielder, who is the Blues’ second January addition after Christian Walton penned a two-and-a-half-year deal yesterday, will close out the campaign at Portman Road, with the Club having the option to make the move permanent in the summer.
Born in Camden, Tyreeq progressed through the youth ranks at Luton, making his professional debut against Exeter in May 2016, a game in which now Blues striker Joe Pigott found the back of the net in a 4-1 victory for the Hatters.
The central midfielder featured five times in the following two seasons before joining Bristol City for an undisclosed fee in August 2017, where he worked closely with a number of now Town staff.
Tyreeq’s debut followed two months later as a second-half substitute as the Championship Robins defeated Premier League Crystal Palace 4-1 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
He spent the 2018/19 season on loan at Newport County, making 42 appearances and finding the back of the net once in all competitions as the Exiles reached the League Two play-off final before losing out to Tranmere at Wembley.
Another League Two loan spell came in the following campaign, joining Plymouth in January before the Devon outfit were promoted on a points-per-game basis due to the 2019/20 season being curtailed amid the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Having returned to his parent club, the powerful and athletic midfielder went on to make 33 starts and a further 19 appearances from the bench between the 2020/21 season and this term to date, with many of those coming in the Championship.
"It’s a massive club which is going in the right direction, so I’m buzzing to be a part of it," Tyreeq, who will wear the number 12 shirt at Town, told the Club website.
"Everyone at the Club is very ambitious so it’s definitely something I’m very excited about.
"I’m a hard-working player who likes to get on the ball. I’m a box-to-box midfielder and hopefully I’ll get a goal or two. I want to play as many games as I can and help the team as much as possible."
Kieran McKenna added: "It was really important that we kept Christian Walton and Macauley Bonne at the Club. Once we had done that, we knew that we would look at some areas in the squad to see where we may be able to strengthen or add depth.
"Tyreeq is a versatile midfielder who can play across the pitch and cover a number of positions. He offers us something different and is at an age where he has lots of years ahead to improve further.
"We really like Tyreeq as a player. He’s young, hungry, athletic and technical. He is fit and has played plenty of games already this season, so it won’t take him long to get up to speed.
"He needs to meet the group and settle, but it shouldn’t be long before we see him in action."
Watch Tyreeq's exclusive interview with iFollow Ipswich below.