By Wayne Veysey

18th Jun, 2021 | 11:55am

Sources: Colchester United agree to sign Judge after Ipswich Town exit

Colchester United are set to sign former Ipswich Town midfielder Alan Judge on a free transfer, Football Insider understands.

The playmaker, 32, announced on 19th April he was quitting Portman Road due to a clause in his contract.

A recruitment source told Football Insider that Colchester have swooped for the experienced campaigner and have agreed terms after their contract offer was accepted.

Judge played no part in Ipswich’s last six matches in 2020-21 due to a stipulation in his deal that meant he would have been due an extension if he started one more game.

The Blackburn Rovers academy graduate later claimed that it was “not the way [he] wanted his time at Ipswich to end.”

He spent three seasons with the Tractor Boys in which he made 91 appearances, scored eight goals and supplied 11 assists from a number of different positions.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Judge is natural on both the left and right flanks as well as in attacking and central midfield roles.

After loan spells with Plymouth Argyle and Notts County, Judge left Blackburn in 2011.

But he would return to Ewood Park in 2013 after two seasons with then-League One outfit Notts County.

But he played just half a campaign on his Rovers return before being loaned out again, this time to Brentford.

After making the move permanent in July 2014, it was at Griffin Park where Judge spent the best years of his career and scored 26 goals in 140 appearances.

Football Insider revealed on 20 May that Judge was engaged in talks with Gillingham.

But Colchester United fans can now expect to see the nine-cap Republic of Ireland international turn out in their colours next season.

Colchester survived relegation on the last day of the League Two campaign in 2020-21.

In other news, Championship club line up bid for Ipswich Town midfield star.