Paddy given a glovely back-up job

Midweek Sport - - SPORTS -

IP­SWICH have signed vet­eran keeper Paddy Kenny to make sure in­juries don’t de­rail their pro­mo­tion bid.

The for­mer Repub­lic of Ire­land shot-stop­per has agreed a four-month deal as cover for firstchoice Bar­tosz Bialkowski.

Dean Gerken is out with a hip in­jury, so Town boss Mick McCarthy lured Kenny to Portman Road from Bolton.

Kenny will be on the bench at Brighton tonight and the Trac­tor Boys are hop­ing he can add to his tally of pro­mo­tions.

The 36-year-old went up to the Pre­mier League with Sh­effield United in 2006 and QPR in 2011.

Ip­swich will go top if they win at the Amex Sta­dium, while Brighton are still in the rel­e­ga­tion mix.

Al­bion have de­fen­sive prob­lems, with Lewis Dunk banned and Greg Hal­ford in­jured.

That opens the door for 35-year-old Aaron Hughes to make a rare start af­ter wait­ing six weeks to get his chance.

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