‘No-brainer; Mercenary': Some Ipswich Town fans react as Darren Bent discusses possible return

Darren Bent of Sunderland looks dejected after a missed chance during the pre-season friendly match between Darlington and Sunderland at the Northern Echo Arena on July 17, 2010 in...

Darren Bent has spoken about a return to Ipswich Town.

Darren Bent of Derby County celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Cardiff City at the iPro Stadium on February 14,...

Current free agent striker Darren Bent has told reporters how he would love to return to his former side Ipswich Town, a club he still holds in high regard, the East Anglian Daily Times report.

“There’s been no contact, but obviously it’s something I would be open to. It’s a club close to my heart. That’s where it all started for me, I had a lot of good days there and a great relationship with the fans,” Bent explained.

“As I say, I’d definitely love to have a conversation with Ipswich. The team hasn’t got off to the best of starts and it would be nice to try and help out if they need another striker. I see that one area they have been struggling with has been scoring goals and that’s something I’ll always back myself to do.”


Bent has been a free agent after his contract expired with Derby County in the summer, following a three-year spell at the Pride Park club where he netted 22 goals in 73 league appearances.

Ipswich haven’t endured a good start under new manager Paul Hurst as they currently find themselves in the Championship’s bottom three, therefore the prospect of Bent’s return has divided opinion among supporters.

The Tractor Boys are in need of added attacking threat and the injury to Jonathan Walters means they are light in terms of options upfront. Signing Bent, even if to add numbers, could make sense in this regard.

Darren Bent of Derby County celebrates scoring the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Cardiff City at iPro Stadium on February 14, 2017 in Derby,...

But Bent turns 35 next February, and as such there will no doubt be plenty of queries over his fitness levels at Championship level despite his knack of being able to find the back of the net.

The former Aston Villa man is a born goal scorer, but if he no longer has the speed of thought and movement to get into the right areas then he would be a wasted player leading Ipswich’s line and a potential hindrance.

Just over a month ago, Bent also said he would like to sign for Glasgow Rangers north of the border (Talksport).

Darren Bent of Derby County celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Derby County and Leicester City at iPro...

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