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Ipswich have signed striker Stern John on loan from Championship rivals Crystal Palace until January.

The 33-year-old links up with Town boss Roy Keane for the second time after being signed by the Irishman while he was in charge at Sunderland.

The paperwork on the deal was completed just before Thursday's loan deadline and John will train with his new team-mates on Friday.

Keane pleased with John capture
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Ipswich manager Roy Keane is pleased that the club managed to capture Stern John on loan until January.

The Crystal Palace striker moved to Portman Road minutes before the loan deadline on Thursday and goes straight into the squad for the Tractor Boys' game against Cardiff on Sunday.

Keane previously signed John when he was manager of Sunderland, and the Trinidad and Tobago international's goals fired the Black Cats to promotion in 2007.

"We left it late in the day but we got over the finishing line," Keane said.

"I know Stern well, he's a good experienced striker. Obviously he's not a young striker but he'll give us something different.

"He's a good character and he's a good man so I'm glad to get him.

"That was obviously about two or three years ago. He was probably one of my best signings at Sunderland in terms of what he brought to the team and the club.

"He just got on with the job - a good man, a big, strong man. Even when I let him go to Southampton, when I got Kenwyne (Jones) in, he took it really well and I remember thinking, he's a good man this fella."

John has only made two starts in the Championship so far this season for Palace and left Selhurst Park to get some games under his belt.


Town manager Keane admits he is a big fan of the former Nottingham Forest, Birmingham, Coventry and Southampton striker.

"I look forward to working with him again," he added.

"He's not the type of striker that will get behind teams or whatever like that, but he'll certainly hold it up and I believe he will get goals for us.

"We do hit some good balls into the box and sometimes we've not had that person attacking it and I think Stern will do that.

"As much as we've praised the players, particularly the strikers, for their work rate and what have you, we need someone who is going to put the ball in the back of the net because that's what's been costing us particularly over the last six, seven, eight weeks.

"We have scored 17 goals in 17 games so far and that's not good enough. Hopefully Stern coming in will help the other strikers as well as provide another attacking option for us."

Meanwhile, former Notts County manager Ian McParland has joined Ipswich's coaching staff.

McParland, who left the League Two outfit in October, will be on the sidelines for the game against Cardiff on Sunday.

Stern relishing challenge

Stern John is relishing the challenge of playing games for Town and scoring goals after arriving on loan from Crystal Palace.

The Trinidad and Tobago international trained with Blues for the first time this morning and will be in the squad for Sunday's game at Cardiff.

"I'm delighted to be here and it's a great opportunity for me to play some games and hopefully score some goals," Stern told Ipswich Player.

"I have worked with the manager in my time at Sunderland and I know what he's about, what he wants from his players. I have also played with Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter and it always helps when you move to a new club and know some of the players.

"From what I have seen of Ipswich, the team is playing well but it's just in front of goal where things have not gone quite right. Hopefully I can come in and get in the box, get some chances and score goals."

Stern is on loan at Town until the end of December but won't be available to feature against Palace on Boxing Day.

He is set to return to Selhurst Park after Town's home match against QPR on December 28 but hasn't ruled out a stay beyond the month if that becomes possible.

"Anyone that comes to this Club is going to want to stay," he adds. "The facilities are fantastic and I'm looking forward to my month here.

"The players have made me feel very welcome and we will see how things work out over the next month. For now all I'm thinking about is Sunday and helping Ipswich beat Cardiff."

Warnock: John wanted games
By Graham Moody (This is Local London)

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock says he let Stern John join Ipswich on loan because the striker was desperate for games.

John was one of the three forwards who left the club on loan deadline day yesterday, with youngsters Nathaniel Pinney and Matthew Wright also joining Blue Square South side Woking.

Trinidad & Tobago international John missed two months after injuring his elbow on the opening day of the season and has yet to score for Palace in seven games.

Palace manager Warnock decided to give him the chance to get match fitness and admitted Calvin Andrew's return from injury and the form of Alan Lee also played a part in his decision.

"It was very last minute and I didn't know if it was going to go through," he said.

"He said he was desperate for games and as we have got Calvin back I thought it would be good for him.

"He will be back after 28 days so hopefully he will get some match practice.

"Alan has been doing ever so well as well so it was a number of things that made up our decision.

"We wanted to give Pinney and Wright the chance to get some games too."

John's loan ends on December 29 but it is unclear at the minute whether he will be eligible to play against the Eagles with Ipswich visit Selhurst Park on Boxing Day.