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Ipswich set to sign ex-Ireland international

The full-back earned eight caps for Ireland, and was famously left out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2012 squad.

Updated at 22.21

EX-IRELAND INTERNATIONAL Kevin Foley is set to sign for Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich side after a successful trial with the club.

31-year-old Foley, who is a former Luton and Wolves player, has been without a club since leaving Danish side FC Copenhagen.

The full-back earned eight caps for Ireland, and was famously left out of Giovanni Trapattoni’s Euro 2012 Ireland squad after initially being included.

“I’ve no doubt he could play both full-back positions,” McCarthy told the East Anglian Daily Times.

Ipswich need cover at full-back with Jonathan Parr set to move to Norwegian club Stromsgodset and ahead of Foley’s participation in an U21 match today, McCarthy added:

 He played against Wolves team for Luton at Wolves and at the time we had some good wide players, Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly, and he saw them all off. I signed him on the back of that and he was different class for me. He’s a great bloke, he’d fit in fabulously with the lads, if he’s alright, if he’s fully fit, but he looks it.

“He’s trained with us and he looks the part at the moment, so hopefully he’ll get through the game today.

He was out playing in Denmark, he hurt his shoulder and he had to have an operation in the summer. That doesn’t bother me too much. If it was his legs it might be bothering me, but it was his shoulder.

“He’s a gentleman, he’s a lovely fella, he’d fit in perfectly with the rest of the lads. I hope he proves that he’s worth it.”

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