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Lowestoft Town sign Ipswich Town keeper on loan

PUBLISHED: 14:33 29 October 2010 | UPDATED: 14:54 29 October 2010

Ian McLoughlin has joined Lowestoft Town FC on loan from Ipswich Town FC for a month.

Ian McLoughlin has joined Lowestoft Town FC on loan from Ipswich Town FC for a month.

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LOWESTOFT Town have swooped on the Blues of Ipswich Town to sign their promising fourth choice goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin on a month's loan.

Republic of Ireland youth international McLoughlin, 19, will go straight into The Trawler Boys squad for their FA Trophy game at Chippenham Town tomorrow (Saturday) as regular Lowestoft shot-stopper Andy Reynolds is unavailable.

McLoughlin signed a professional contract with Ipswich in February 2009 after impressing boss Roy Keane during a trial.

But after being handed the number 13 jersey, and sitting on the first team bench a number of times last season when Arran Lee-Barrett was the only other fit Blues keeper, McLoughlin has found himself behind Marton Fulop, Brian Murphy and Lee-Barrett in the Portman Road pecking order.

And that’s despite signing a one-year contract with Ipswich in the summer this year.

By joining the Ryman League Premier Division side for the next month, McLoughlin will compete with Reynolds and youngster Phil Smith, who made his debut in goal for Lowestoft in the FA Trophy first qualifying round tie with Needham Market, for a starting berth.

McLoughlin has signed on loan from Ipswich Town for 28 days, and a Lowestoft spokesman said: “We hope Ian enjoys his stay at The Meadow this coming month, and our thanks go to Ipswich Town FC for agreeing this deal at short notice.”

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