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A cross-border move for Lisbie to Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:29 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:28 05 October 2010

THE Hackney born striker Kevin Lisbie became the first footballer to transfer between near neighbours Colchester United and Ipswich Town last week, when he signed for the Tractor Boys for an undisclosed fee. Lisbie, brought up in Dalston and educated at H

THE Hackney born striker Kevin Lisbie became the first footballer to transfer between near neighbours Colchester United and Ipswich Town last week, when he signed for the Tractor Boys for an undisclosed fee.

Lisbie, brought up in Dalston and educated at Holy Trinity Primary and Hackney Free & Parocial Schools, was last season's top scorer for Colchester with 17 goals, but it didn't stop the Essex side being relegated after two seasons in the Championship.

His goal record in a difficult campaign for the Us, caught the eye of other clubs, but Lisbie, settled in Essex, was reluctant to move far.

A trio of northern clubs expressed interest in him, but the Hackney boy refused to discuss moves to either Barnsley or Burnley, both of which would have enabled him to play in the Championship again, or League 1 outfit Huddersfield Town.

But just when it looked he would be staying at Colchester, who will play in a brand new stadium this season, their near neighbours from across the Essex-Suffolk border came calling.

After taking three days to consider the move, for a fee thought to be in the region of £600,000, Lisbie decided to make the switch to the Tractor Boys.

"Once Ipswich were interested, it was always moving to them or staying put. Ipswich play the right style of football for me and while I know I will have to work hard to get into the side, I feel it's the right move.

"I'm sorry to leave Colchester . I had a fanstastic year with them and have made many friends. They took a chance on me and I'd like to think I paid them back with goals last season,'' says Lisbie.

He began his career straight from school with Charlton Athletic in 1995 and spent 12 years at The Valley, without fully establishing himself. He had loans at Gillingham, Reading, QPR, Derby and Norwich. He is a Jamaican international.

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