Bruce signs new deal

Defender inks two-year contract

Bruce: Staying put

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Ipswich Town defender Alex Bruce has ended speculation over his future by signing a new deal at Portman Road.

The 24-year-old, whose existing contract was due to expire in the summer, has inked a two-year extension.

Bruce rejected an initial offer in January, but after talks with new boss Roy Keane he has decided to stay with the Championship outfit.

The Republic of Ireland international admitted the appointment of Keane helped him pledge his future to the club.

"I never wanted to leave the club and it was always my hope that a deal could be sorted out," Bruce told the club's official website.

"It's a new regime and the owner clearly has made a statement of his ambitions for Ipswich Town by bringing in someone like Roy Keane to be manager here."

Former Manchester United midfielder Keane, who played alongside the defender's father Steve at Old Trafford, was delighted to sort out Bruce's future.

"He made it clear that he wanted to stay so it was down to trying to sort a deal out and I'm delighted we've achieved that," noted Keane.