Written by Will Neller
Town have today announced the signing of former Crawley Town winger Jordan Roberts on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal at Portman Road.
The 24 year old arrives as Paul Hurst's first permanent Town addition and the second signing of his first transfer window as Ipswich boss.
The signing of Roberts represents the start of a new breed of transfer at Ipswich. Transfers for free or nominal fees and for players with non-league or lower league experience elsewhere, and personally, I am all for that!
In my eyes, Roberts has a lot to prove. He's clearly someone rated reasonably well by Hurst and other clubs such as Bolton and Hearts. Much like our new manager, the phrase young and hungry has been tossed about to describe our new left winger, and if that is the nature of our new signings, then long may it continue.
We've put up with the same journeymen and proven players for too long. A few seasons ago, we'd have signed a 30 something winger recently released by the likes of Sheffield Wednesday or Brentford.
Now, we've evolved and signed someone ambitious and up to the challenge as opposed to someone who's done it all in the past and is looking for a final place of rest to cash in and retire.
Reception to the new transfer has been very positive. Many fans claiming this to be "a bold new step in Town's recruitment policy" and "a move in the right direction".
In fact, at this time of writing, I'm struggling to find a bad word from Crawley fans about our new recruit. A vast majority were very keen to see him stay, quoting "his energetic bombs down the left side will be missed" with many praising his "wand of a left boot".
Overall, it appears Roberts is being considered as a very positive and solid signing for Ipswich. He fits the bill of a pacey Wide Midfielder which we are keen to strengthen as a position.
Time will tell whether he will be a good enough signing to make the step up to Championship level, and to quote a fellow Twitter user. "Not a cross between Jordan Stewart and Gary Roberts".
Personally, I feel he's a more than adequate addition and one who I'll look forward to seeing him against Blackburn in August.