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Ipswich Town snap up former Newcastle United striker

Ipswich Town have signed Leon Best on a free transfer after a successful trial as confirmed by the club website.

The 29-year-old striker had been training with the Tractor Boys for a while and had featured and even scored in the U23 game against Birmingham City, a game which they would go on to lose. And obviously Best did enough in that game to impress head coach Mick McCarthy and earn a one-year contract with the club. There is also an option for another year within the deal.

Most recently, Best was playing for Ipswich’s Sky Bet Championship rivals Rotherham United and in his short spell in South Yorkshire he was a success after scoring four goals in 16 appearances as they managed a miraculous escape from the relegation zone. However he found himself without a club in the summer and didn’t manage to get a new club before he was invited to train with Ipswich during August,

It is fair to describe Best as a journeyman striker as he has featured for 11 different clubs since making his breakthrough into professional football in 2004. He came through the famed Southampton academy but eventually left the club in 2007 after being loaned out to several clubs such as QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Yeovil Town. After a three-year stint with Coventry City he made a big move to Newcastle United but after two years made the switch to Blackburn Rovers. Injuries blighted his time in Lancashire and after more loan spells, he ended up moving to Rotherham in 2015.

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