Ipswich Town have agreed to sign Bury Town winger Ross Crane on a two-year deal, the club have confirmed via their official website.
The young midfielder has caught the eye of the Suffolk club after impressing for Bury Town in the Isthmian League North this season, and will arrive at Portman Road in July.
The wide-man came through the ranks at AFC Sudbury only 20 miles down the road from Ipswich, and has been training with Town’s academy side this season.
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Clearly, Crane has done enough to impress and has now put pen to paper on a two-year deal which will come into effect in July.
It remains to be seen whether Crane breaks into the first-team straight away or continues to spend time with the Tractor Boys’ academy, but he is an exciting prospect and one for the future.
Town’s general manager football operations, Lee O’Neill, said: “Bryan Klug has watched Ross’ progress over the last year or so and he comes with Alan Lee’s backing as well.
“He’s raw and is learning the game but we will give him the platform to develop as a footballer.”
Ipswich have nurtured plenty of young players over recent years, and this news comes after recently tying down another talented young winger in Armando Dobra down to a new long-term deal at Portman Road.
Dobra was wanted by Leeds and Southampton before penning a new deal with Ipswich, as Paul Lambert continues to build solid foundations for the future.
Crane is an exciting player who has obviously done enough to earn himself a contract at a big club like Ipswich.
It’s good for both parties that he has already been training with the club. For Crane, it’s good for him as he would have settled in, made friends and adjusted to life at Ipswich.
For the club, they will know what he’s all about and how he plays already, rather than taking a chance on some random youngster from the lower leagues.