Town sign Stockdale on loan

26 July 2011 02:51
Goalkeeper David Stockdale has joined Ipswich on a season-long loan after Fulham secured his long-term future with a new deal.[LNB] The Cottagers have tied down the 25-year-old on a four-year contract extension after he produced some impressive first-team displays last season.[LNB]Stockdale earned rave reviews after saving a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United and his fine form saw him scoop the club's official Player of the Month award for August.[LNB]He was given a further run in the side when Mark Schwarzer headed out to the 2011 Asian Cup with Australia and the Cottagers have now allowed him to pursue regular action at Ipswich.[LNB]A statement on the club website read: "Fulham Football Club is pleased to announce that David Stockdale has signed a four-year extension that sees his contract expire with the Club in the summer of 2015.[LNB]"The goalkeeper has with immediate effect joined Ipswich Town, on a season-long loan."[LNB]Stockdale, who started his career at York, joined the Cottagers from Darlington in 2008, and had loan stints with Rotherham, Leicester and Plymouth Argyle before starring against United.[LNB]He was called into the England squad for the first time, and will now be hoping for regular football at Portman Road.[LNB]Stockdale is looking forward to life under manager Paul Jewell at Ipswich.[LNB]He told Ipswich's official website: "I had a great talk with the gaffer here and Ipswich Town is a big club so I was eager to come here.[LNB]"The manager told me about the quality of the signings he's made and where they're heading and everything he told me made me keen to join the club.[LNB]"Now I'm just looking forward to getting going and playing my part in what I hope will be a successful season for Ipswich."

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