Ipswich Town have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Dean Gerken, following a successful trial at the Suffolk Club. 

Gerken used to play for local rivals Colchester United before joining Bristol City but was deemed surplus to requirements and was released at the end of last season. 

The 28-year-old from Rochford played in two friendlies for Ipswich Town against Shelbourne and Crawley before being offered a two-year deal at the club. 

He becomes the third signing for Ipswich Town this summer to come from Bristol City joining Cole Skuse and Paul Anderson. 

During his seven-year spell at Colchester United, Gerken was highly-rated by the Essex side and was awarded Young Player of the Season following the 2007 campaign. 

Where Colchester United performed well above expectations to finish their first season in the Championship in 10th place. 

Dean Gerken joins fellow shot-stopper Scott Loach at Ipswich Town where the two are expected to be neck-and-neck in vying for the number one shirt prior to the start of the season. 

Mick McCarthy changed his goalkeeper options a number of times last season with loanee Stephen Henderson becoming his first choice towards the end of the season.

Dean Gerken is just one of a number of arrivals this summer for Ipswich Town and is unlikely to be the last as Ipswich look to really challenge next season under McCarthy.

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