Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy will not be signing striker Leroy Lita following the striker’s recent trial at the Championship club.
Lita, who is currently a free agent after his release by Premier League side Swansea City at the end of 2013-14, scored the only goal for a Town XI in their win against Conference Premier outfit Braintree Town on Tuesday night, but McCarthy has opted against offering a permanent deal to the 29-year-old.
When asked if the former Bristol City, Reading and Middlesbrough man was still at Portman Road, the ex-Republic of Ireland boss was quoted by the East Anglian Daily Times as saying: “He’s not still here and he won’t be here until the end of the week.”
However, two players who will be monitored further are striker Balint Bajner, who featured for the final half-hour of Ipswich’s 3-0 win over Colchester United on Wednesday evening, and Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan, who previously made 175 appearances for the Tractor Boys between 2005 and 2010.
“Balint will be staying around for a few days. I thought he did okay,” McCarthy added.
“Owen’s training with us, but only training with us.
“I took a look at him last year and I didn’t think he was right. I just asked Tony (Pulis, Palace manager) if he’s not going away with you (in pre-season) can I look at him? Who knows, in the future something might happen.
“He’s been around, he’s a great lad and he’s trained well – but nothing’s happening at the moment.”