Sean St Ledger tweeted his delight at finally being able to put on an Ipswich Town shirt following years of rumours linking him to the club.
So after all the rumours over the years I put on a ipswich town shirt tonight! felt good!!— Sean St Ledger (@seanstledger12) November 24, 2014
The 29-year-old defender, who has been without a club since his exit from Leicester City in the summer, finally got a chance to prove himself to Mick McCarthy and his coaching staff as he continues to work hard and look for a club.
The former Foxes defender played the full 90 minutes for Ipswich as they went 1-0 down to an impressive Southampton academy. However, he seems to have made a good impression with his leadership qualities even if he was said to be lacking in match practice.
@Luke8644 None were particularly impressive, thought St Ledger organised well.— ITFC Academy (@ITFC_Academy) November 24, 2014
@Dancrackers_19 Looked a bit short of fitness but very vocal and read it well— ITFC Academy (@ITFC_Academy) November 24, 2014
@Luke8644 A few nice touches but didn't do enough for me, think St Ledger would be a good addition if price (wages) is right— ITFC Academy (@ITFC_Academy) November 24, 2014
In an article by the Irish Independent released on the same night, the former Preston North End man had been bemoaning his current situation, touching slightly on the offers he has received since becoming a free agent.
''I've been without a club for so long now it's almost like they are doing me a favour instead of the other way around,'' St Ledger vented. ''Unless they've got loads and loads of injuries and even then the chief executive might be telling the manager to give the lads in the U21s a bash instead of bringing someone in that will cost money.''
On a trial he spent at Huddersfield Town, where he was pushed to right-back in a 11 v 11 training match with the youth team, St Ledger added: ''You're just a number sometimes. I'm supposed to be trying to earn a contract.
''I'm just hoping that by staying positive, something can happen soon. I want to be a footballer again.''
High-flying Ipswich Town seem to have answered the defender's call, but now he must wait to find out whether his performances in training and in the U21 match have been enough to earn him a professional deal in one capacity or another.