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16 Jul 2010 17:32:26

Hourihane earns Ipswich chance

Ipswich have handed midfielder Conor Hourihane a one-year contract after he turned down a deal at Sunderland.The Republic of Ireland U19 international, 19, progressed through the Academy ranks at the Stadium of Light and featured in the Black Cats` reserve side last term.He could have extended his stay on Wearside but was delighted to become reunited with former Sunderland boss Roy Keane at Portman Road.Hourihane told the club`s official website: "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."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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