My loan move was best option, says Leicester City midfielder Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens has said he jumped at the chance to join Ipswich on loan and gain valuable match practice.
The Leicester City midfielder has joined the Tractor Boys on a one-month loan to help in his bid to return to action following knee surgery at the end of last season.
Wellens has made a couple of appearances in the development squad but needs more match action.
With City going well in the league, manager Nigel Pearson felt a loan switch was the best option.
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Several clubs expressed an interest in taking the 32-year-old on a temporary basis but he picked Championship strugglers Ipswich.
"I've been looking to go out on loan and when the opportunity arose to come to Ipswich, I did not have to think twice," Wellens said.
"Leicester wanted me to go out on loan and when they showed me the list of clubs that I could go to, Ipswich just stood out.
"I need to start playing games again after my injury and this is a great opportunity to do that. It's a nice club and I've always enjoyed playing at Portman Road.
"They're down at the bottom of the league at the minute but there are some good players in the squad so I'm sure the position will soon change."
Wellens made 46 appearances for City last season in all competitions but damaged his cruciate ligament in the home defeat to West Ham, in April.
The former City skipper has yet to make a first team appearances this season, but goes into Ipswich's squad for their Championship clash against leaders Cardiff City today.