Former England international striker Darren Bent has told the Eastern Daily Press that he would be interested in a return to former club Ipswich Town.

The 34-year-old has been training with League One side Burton Albion since he was released by Derby County when his contract ran out in the Summer.

Bent is keen to get back into the game, and has said that he would be interested in a return to where it all started at Ipswich Town. He joined the Tractor Boys as a 14-year-old in 1998, before making his first senior appearance at 17. The striker went on to score 55 goals in 141 appearances for Ipswich, before moving to Charlton Athletic in 2005.

Strikers Jon Walters and Ellis Harrison have both picked up injuries in recent weeks, and Ipswich manager Paul Hurst is reportedly looking into the free agent market for a new striker.

Bent has expressed his interest in a potential return to Portman Road.

“There’s been no contact, but obviously it’s something I would be open to,” he told the East Anglian Daily Times.

“It’s a club close to my heart. That’s where it all started for me, I had a lot of good days there and a great relationship with the fans.

“Never mind it being one of the results I look for every week, it’s the first result I look for.

“Going back there one day has always been something in the back of my mind throughout my career.

“I think it would be fitting if that was the last stop on my journey.

“I had a few offers over the summer. A couple got quite close to happening and didn’t quite pan out for various reasons, while a couple of the clubs I just didn’t fancy.

“I’m enjoying the media work, but would love to keep playing as long as possible. That said I’ve got levels and standards that I don’t want to drop below. We’ll see what happens.

As I say, I’d definitely love to have a conversation with Ipswich.”


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