By Omar Jatta
Mustapha Carayol joined his 12th club after completing his move to Ipswich Town FC on the last day of the January transfer window from Nottingham Forest.
The well travelled Gambian midfielder has signed a short-term deal at Portman Road until the end of the season, after been released from Forest by mutual consent.
The 29-year-old joined Forest last summer from Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough, having had previous spells in Brighton, Huddersfield and Leeds United, but like at Borough, things didn’t work at the City ground as expected for ‘Mustic’ and he described experience as the most frustrating of his career.
“Forest was probably the most frustrating time of my career so I’ve come here to play games and I’ll work as hard as I can. I want to make a big impact here and help the team,” he told his new club’s website.
Following his move to Portman Road, The Gambian international, who had made 17 appearances for Forest this season, including coming on as a substitute in the defeat against his latest team at Portman Road in December, expressed his desire to impress in the next six month to earn a permanent place in Mick McCarthy’s side.
“The gaffer showed interest in me before I signed for Forest so as soon as I knew Ipswich were keen on me it was an easy decision,” Said Muzzy.
“I know a lot about Ipswich. I have played against the team a few times and know a lot of the players here. I saw Cole Skuse in Dubai a couple of years ago and he was trying to convince me to sign!
“I spoke to Frank Nouble a few hours back and he said ‘just go there. You’ll enjoy it’. Frank is a good friend of mine so I couldn’t have got any better advice really.
“I’m here until the end of the season. That is my focus for now but hopefully I can impress the gaffer and the fans and I can show the gaffer I’m worth keeping beyond the summer.”
The Gambia international has made more than 100 Championship appearances, while also earning four caps and scoring two goals for his national side.