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Friday, 23 November, 2001, 16:16 GMT
Bent completes Ipswich move
Ipswich went to push through Marcus Bent's move in time for Sunday's trip to Boro
Bent (left) could make his debut at Boro on Sunday
Marcus Bent has completed his move from Blackburn to Ipswich.

The striker signed for the Suffolk club for an undisclosed fee, believed to be between 2m and 3m.

He completed his move in time to be included in the Town squad to face Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Delighted Ipswich manager George Burley said: "At the age of 23, I feel Marcus has the potential to develop as one of the finest strikers in the Premiership."

Ipswich are currently without Marcus Stewart, Finidi George and new signing Ulrich Le Pen through injury.

Bent failed to make an impression at Blackburn following his 2.1m move to Ewood Park from Sheffield United last November.

His scoring record at Bramall Lane was impressive, with 24 goals in 56 starts.

Bryan Hamilton returns to Portman Road in a coaching role.
Bryan Hamilton is back at Portman Road

But at Blackburn he scored just 11 times in 27 starts and 17 substitute appearances.

He started only one game for Rovers this season, in a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland, and failed to score in nine appearances form the bench.

But Burley has been keeping a close eye on the striker, who started his career at Brentford and Crystal Palace.

Ipswich have also moved to strengthen their coaching staff with the appointment of Bryan Hamilton.

Former Northern Ireland boss Hamilton has been appointed as joint first-team coach at the club he served as a player and in a previous coaching role.

I'm confident we will make a formidable coaching team
George Burley

Hamilton also had a spell at Ipswich's East Anglian rivals Norwich.

He succeeded Bruce Rioch as manager at Carrow Road in April 2000 but resigned in December after a poor run of results.

Ipswich manager George Burley said: "I felt it was important that we brought in a coach of Bryan's high calibre and experience to work on the coaching staff.

"Bryan will work closely with myself and and Tony Mowbray.

"I'm confident we will make a formidable coaching team to assist us in our battle to climb up the Premiership table.

New Ipswich signing Marcus Bent
"I'm impressed with Ipswich"
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