Town have signed 19-year-old midfielder Conor Hourihane on a one year contract.

The Republic of Ireland U19 international put pen to paper on the deal this afternoon after turning down a contract at Sunderland.

Conor progressed through the Academy ranks at Sunderland and represented their reserve team last season. He could have extended his stay at the Stadium of Light but jumped at the chance instead of pushing his career on at Portman Road.

"I was offered a new contract at Sunderland but there are a lot of players up there and when I found out about Ipswich's interest, I felt it was the right move for me," Conor told the Club website.

"I know the manager from Sunderland and a few of the lads from Ireland. I have played with Ronan Murray in the U19 team and I've known Shane O'Connor for a long while.

"When I see what Shane has achieved after being given a chance here, that's what I've got to aim for.

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"I'm grateful for the chance Ipswich have given me and the manager has told me that I've got to get my head down and work hard and see what develops from there."