Alex Bruce opts to stay at Ipswich Town

Alex Bruce opts to stay at Ipswich Town

Republic of Ireland defender Alex Bruce today signed a new two-year contract extension with Ipswich Town. The 24-year old, who has won two senior caps, was at the end of his current deal and is delighted to remain at the club now managed by Roy Keane.
12th May 2009
Republic of Ireland defender Alex Bruce today spoke of his delight at reaching agreement on a new contract at Ipswich Town, stating he never contemplated leaving Portman Road.

The 24-year old, who won the first of his two senior caps against Ecuador in the summer of 2007, has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club for a further two years.

Bruce was entitled to depart Ipswich, whom he joined from Birmingham in August 2006, on a free as his current contract expired following last week’s season finale.

"I never wanted to leave the Club and it was always my hope that a deal could be sorted out,” Bruce told the Ipswich Town official site.

"I sat down and spoke to the manager and Simon Clegg (chief executive) last week and liked their ideas and plans for the Club.

"It's a new regime and the owner clearly has made a statement of his ambitions for Ipswich Town by bringing in someone like Roy Keane to be manager here.

"It's an exciting time for the Club and I'm delighted to be part of it. The aim is clear, to get Ipswich Town back in the Premier League. That is why I came here in the first place."

Bruce was first capped by Ireland at Under-21 level and appointed captain by Giovanni Trapattoni of the ‘B’ team for the International challenge match against Nottingham Forest last October. His first senor appearance under Trapattoni came a month later in the friendly against Poland at Croke Park.