Bramble looks to secure move to Ipswich

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has declared an interest in free agent Titus Bramble who was released at the end of last season by Premier League side Sunderland.

The Black Cats did not offer the former Wigan centre back a new contract and the 31-year-old was released at the end of the 2012-13 season, along with 6 other player as new manager Paolo Di Canio set about rebuilding the North-Eastern sides squad.

McCarthy has given trials to Bramble, Frederic Veseli and Bongani Khumalo and Bramble played in Ipswich’s pre-season friendly on Tuesday night in a 2-1 win over Gillingham.

However McCarthy has not committed fully to the player joining him ahead of the new season, saying :  “Bongani and Freddy did really well and Titus did what Titus had to do.

“I only met up with Titus for the first time at our pre-match meal. He asked if he could come in for training and wanted to play.

“He’s obviously interested in coming here and we are interested in him otherwise he wouldn’t be playing for us. He showed a good commitment to come and play but it’s early days yet. No more than that.”

Bramble was born in  Ipswich and was a youth player at the Suffolk club before making his senior debut in in the 1998-99 season.  He went on to make 48 appearances for The Tractor Boys and also had a loan spell at Colchester United.

In July 2002, Bramble was brought to the North-East by Newcastle United, signing for £6million.  His time at the club was mixed and after 105 appearances over his 5-year stint there, the 6ft 1in striker, joined Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2007 on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract.

His time at Wigan was more successful and he was voted Player of the Year at the end of the 2008-09 season.

He would then follow Bruce to Sunderland who he joined in July 2010 on a three year contract.

With that contract having run out this summer, the former Under-21 international now finds himself on the lookout for a new club, a search that could result in the player being given his opportunity by McCarthy.

McCarthy has turned the clubs fortunes around after pulling them away from the relegation zone last season after taking over from Paul Jewell in November 2012.  The club could be a dark horse in the promotion race this season, with McCarthy’s tactical nous and experience aiding such an attempt at promotion.

If Bramble does prove his form and fitness in pre-season, he could find himself as part of an Ipswich side with the top flight in their sights.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.