Date: 19th July 2012 at 4:10pm
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Goalkeeper Scott Loach has this afternoon returned to Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee.

The Hornet’s No.1 returns to the club where he was an academy player as a youngster for a fee believed to be in the region of £150,000 on a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year.

Loach, 24, joined the Hornet’s from League Two Lincoln City in 2006 after trialling under Aidy Boothroyd.

After serving in the club’s second-string, Loach made a memorable debut for the first-team in a 2-2 draw with Reading in 2008, a game famed for Stuart Atwell’s ‘Ghost Goal’.

From then on the Nottingham-born gloveman was the Hornet’s established first-choice stopper until last season when Rene Gilmartin had a two-game stint between the sticks.

Loach returned and held onto the number one jersey until the Spring arrival of Manchester United goalkeeper, Tomasz Kuszczack.

With the Kuszczak’s having a child on the final day of the 2011/12 season, Loach returned to the side for the first time since the Polish international’s arrival and played superbly in a Watford win over Middlesbrough.

However, with criticism of Loach’s performances at an all-time high during the season just gone, it always looked like it would be a make-or-break season for the former England U21 international.

Loach returns to Portman Road, home of the club he supports after 153 first-team starts and one substitute appearance as a Goldenboy.

Good luck in the future Scott & many thanks.