Former Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Ward has joined League One Ipswich Town on a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving Stoke City, has been training with the Tractor Boys for the last week. 

Ipswich unveiled a trio of signings on Monday, in the form of Ward, Oli Hawkins and keeper David Cornell. They finished 11th last season.

Ward won 50 caps for Ireland before announcing his retirement in March 2019. He now links up with another Ireland international, Alan Judge, who was one of Ipswich's standout players last term.

"I'm delighted to have signed," Ward told the club website.

"At this stage of my career I just wanted to find a project that really excited me. Ipswich is a massive club, a club that should really be higher in terms of league status.

"That's what we'll look to do this year. The ambition is to get promoted.

"I actually scored my first goal in England when I moved over here [from Bohs to Wolves]. I've always enjoyed playing here, there's always a really good atmosphere, the town really gets behind the club.

"Hopefully we can give them something to cheer about."

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