Michael Chopra joins Championship side Blackpool FC
Player of Indian origin Michael Chopra has left Ipswich Town to join English Championship rivals Blackpool FC on a one-year contract with an option for a further year.The 29-year old striker was surplus to requirements to manager Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town FC with his three year contract set to run out in 2014.
Michael Chopra wrote on Twitter, “Would like to thank Ipswich Town Football Club and there fans for the support they have given me in the last 2 years.”
The offer from Blackpool came at the right time and Chopra, who had earlier been heavily linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley FC during the summer transfer window decided to join the Seasiders.
“New challenge and a fresh start for me can’t wait to pull on the Blackpool FC shirt and play in front of their great supporters,” Chopra further wrote on Twitter.
Chopra scored only 19 goals in 82 games during two seasons at Ipswich Town, which wasn’t to the best of his capabilities. Chopra is an academy product of Newcastle United and played for them in the Premiership before he became a journeyman and played for Watford, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, Cardiff City, and Sunderland before coming to Ipswich Town.