Freddie Sears has handed Ipswich a boost ahead of the coming season by penning a new deal with the club.
The 29-year-old spent much of the last campaign out of action, a situation that will carry on into the early part of this season.
As reported by TWTD, he’ll now remain at the club until the summer of 2021, with an option of a further year as well. It’s good news for the player who hasn’t kicked a ball for the Tractor Boys since November.
Sears joined the club for £200,000 from Colchester United in 2015 and has played 177 times for them, scoring 30 goals. He burst onto the scene as a teenager with West Ham United, scoring on his debut to secure three points away at Blackburn Rovers.
He scored just twice more for the Hammers in a five-season stay at the club, with goalless spells at Crystal Palace, Scunthorpe and Coventry on loan. He notched two in 11 during another loan spell with Colchester, making the move permanent in 2016.
36 goals in 109 appearances convinced the Tractor Boys to take him in the January window of 2015.
Sears hasn’t really ever been a prolific striker, his best season saw him get 14 in 29 for Colchester in League One. He’s always a hard-working aspect of any forward line though and has experience and guile, something likely to be a big help to Ipswich this coming season.
He could be something of a secret weapon, he hit double figures in both of the last two seasons he played in the third tier. Once he’s back to fitness he’ll be an important member of Paul Lambert’s squad.