“I’m delighted because I’ve really enjoyed my time here and I’m looking forward to moving my family here and getting settled,” Judge explained after penning a two-year deal with the club.
“I spoke to the manager who said that sometimes you have to go back to go forwards and I also spoke to (Republic of Ireland manager) Mick McCarthy, who said it wouldn’t impact my Irish chances really as long as I was playing well. He said I should be getting picked so all my boxes were ticked really.”
Judge joined Ipswich from Brentford on a six-month deal during the January transfer window.
The attacking midfielder had barely played for the Bees over the past two years after suffering a broken leg which ironically came against Ipswich in a Championship encounter at Portman Road.
Judge arrived knowing Ipswich were in a battle for Championship survival and the odds of avoiding relegation to League One weren’t in their favour. Ultimately, the Tractor Boys now seem destined for the drop.
But the 30-year-old’s form during his 12 starts has been pretty decent. Fellow Championship clubs may have sat up and taken notice knowing that Judge was set to depart Ipswich at the end of the season.
The Suffolk club, however, have managed to pull off a real coup by tying him down to a permanent two-year deal and they can have some gratitude towards Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy.
McCarthy spent five years at Ipswich before walking away at the end of last season. While many supporters were tired of his style of football and midtable finishes, his moderate success can now be appreciated.
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