Former West Ham team-mate Jack Collison welcomes Freddie Sears to Ipswich Town

Portman Road - Ipswich Town

Jack Collison is currently on non-contract terms at Ipswich while Sears arrived on a permanent deal today.

Ipswich Town made a move in the transfer market today, bringing in Freddie Sears in their bid to fight for promotion.

On the official Ipswich Town website a statement reads:

"Mick McCarthy has added to his squad with the signing of Freddie Sears from Colchester for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old striker has put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at Portman Road until June 2017."

Sears started his career with a bang at west Ham United, scoring on his debut against Blackburn Rovers in March 2008 as an 18-year-old.

But he never settled in West ham's first-team and after loan spells at Crystal Palace, Coventry City, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United he joined the latter permanently in 2012. This season he has scored 14 goals in 29 appearances for The U's - which is probably what alerted Ipswich's attention to his services.

One man especially excited about his arrival is former Ipswich Town midfielder and West Ham academy team-mate Jack Collison. Collison signed for Ipswich on a free transfer in September 2014, in a bid to return from a number of long-term injuries.

The deal was a short-term deal until the end of the year because of Collison's injury woes.

Since dislocating his kneecap in March 2008 he has suffered with serious knee problems and never truly found his way back into regular first-team football.

His contract at Ipswich expired last month and he was not offered a new deal but he is still training with the club in order to try and prove his fitness.

Collison, who was a team-mate of Sears at West Ham for seven years as a youngster, was certainly pleased to see him arrive, Tweeting:

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