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Ipswich sign defender Balkestein

Ipswich Town

Ipswich have completed a deal for Dutch defender Pim Balkestein from Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Portman Road with the option of a further year.

Balkestein spent some time at Ipswich on trial last season and impressed in a reserve friendly against Tottenham.

Town boss Jim Magilton told the club's website: "He is 6ft 3in, he is an organiser and he is someone who is desperate for an opportunity."

Magilton added: "He showed a determination to play and his all round attitude and ability impressed me.

"I think he has all the right ingredients to have a bright future at this club."

Meanwhile, Ipswich have appointed Simon Hunt as head of international scouting and recruitment.


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