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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June, 2005, 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Ipswich win the race for Parkin
Swindon striker Sam Parkin
Ipswich feel Parkin has potential
Ipswich have won the race for Swindon striker Sam Parkin.

Neither club have disclosed the fee for Parkin, 24, but it may be in the region of 750,000.

Town beat Norwich, Watford and Brighton in the race for Parkin, who - after the arrival of Reading's Nicky Forster - is the club's second signing this week.

Boss Joe Royle told Ipswich's website: "Sam has real talent, he has a fantastic scoring record and has earned the right to step up to this division."

Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks gave his backing to Royle's team-building efforts to guide the club back into the Premiership.

Sheepshanks said: "I view the signing of Sam Parkin as a real coup for the club.

"It's a measure of the esteem in which Joe Royle and the club are held.

"We were particularly keen to sign a younger player of Sam's proven ability but who has the potential to improve to the highest level, hopefully with us."

Parkin had hinted he was prepared to take his time in making a decision on which club to join.

He told BBC Sport:"It may take a few days and I will not make a hasty decision. I've waited a long time for this opportunity."

Ipswich boss Joe Royle sees the former Chelsea trainee as the ideal replacement for top scorer Shefki Kuqi, who is set to leave Portman Road.

I spent the majority of time on the phone or the internet trying to keep up with developments
Sam Parkin

Parkin scored 24 goals last season and Royle said: "Sam was top of our list if Shefki went.

Parkin, who turned down a new two-year contract with the Robins last week, had just returned from a three-week holiday in Australia and said his transfer was never far from his mind.

"I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been thinking about it," he added.

"The idea was to have a break and get away from it all but I spent the majority of time either on the phone or the internet trying to keep up with developments back home."


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