Alex Henshall joined Ipswich Town today on a two-year contract following his release by Premier League champions Manchester City.
Football League World had previously reported that Ipswich were close to completing a deal with the 20-year-old, who becomes the Championship club’s first signing of the summer despite failing to make an appearance during a six-week loan spell at the end of 2013-14.
Henshall represented City’s Academy and Under-21 teams, and was loaned out to Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield during his time at the Etihad Stadium. He began his career as a junior at League One outfit Swindon Town and has played for England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.
The 20-year-old’s deal, which was signed this morning, includes the option of a further 12 months, and the winger said he was always keen on a move to Suffolk once he knew his City days were numbered.
“I spoke to the gaffer (Mick McCarthy) a lot when I was here on loan and when he told me he wanted to keep me here, I was obviously delighted,” he told Ipswich’s official website.
“Ipswich was always at the top of my list when I knew I would be moving on and it was an easy decision for me to make. I spoke to my family and my agent but it was a no-brainer really.
“I know the lads from being here on loan and they are a great bunch. I know what the manager wants from me and I like working under him and with the club moving forward in the right direction, everything felt right.
“I can’t wait to get going now and hopefully force my way into the team, either in pre-season or during the season. The gaffer has given me an opportunity and now it’s down to me to take it.”