Sky Bet Championship club Ipswich Town have completed the signing of utility player Barry Cotter from League of Ireland outfit Limerick according to BBC Sport.

The player is most comfortable in either a centre-back or right-back role although Cotter is also no stranger to being used in midfield.

It has been reported that Ipswich Town have signed the 19-year-old Republic of Ireland international for an undisclosed fee believed to be in excess of £50,000 and the youngster has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Portman Road.

The signing of Cotter is thought to signal an investment for the future by Ipswich Town. The player, who has a striking resemblance to Brazilian ace Neymar, is expected to initially link up with the Suffolk club’s Development Squad.

Cotter has spent the past two-and-a-half years with Limerick after initially joining the Shannonsiders in summer 2015. The young defender worked his way through the club’s youth set up to become involved with the senior team at Markets Field.

The League of Ireland is currently in the close season although Cotter had returned to pre-season training with Limerick prior to his departure. The player should therefore be in a position to feature for his new club at Development Squad level in the coming weeks.

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