Alan Judge has ended a five-year association with Brentford by joining fellow Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town. The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international completed his move to the Suffolk side this evening, Monday 14 January, after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. He passed a medical at Ipswich earlier today after travelling to East Anglia to begin the next stage of his career.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “Alan has been a great player for Brentford for many years. He clearly loves the Club and has given his all for Brentford. I know he has had some great moments at Brentford and I would like to wish him all the best for the future. I have enjoyed working with him during my time at Brentford.
“Alan has battled his way back from a very serious injury and is now fully fit. He has been able to contribute for us this season but there are players ahead of him at this time. Ipswich is somewhere he can go to get more football than he is likely to get here, and it is a good opportunity for him."
Alan joined Brentford, initially on loan, in January 2014 and played 22 games as The Bees secured promotion from Sky Bet League One. It was Alan’s goal from the penalty spot against Preston North End on Good Friday which confirmed second tier football would return to Griffin Park. The midfielder signed permanently that summer and went on to make 41 appearances, scoring three goals, including the third in the 4-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage, during the following season’s run to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs.
The 2015/16 season was a milestone one for Alan as he picked up several personal awards and received his first international recognition. Three goals and four assists in October won him the Championship Player of the Month award before he was shortlisted for the Football League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards. With 14 goals and 12 assists to his name, he was shortlisted for the Championship Player of the Year and was named in the Football League Team of the Year. He was also named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year at the PFA Awards and won the Brentford Supporters' and Players' Player of the Year awards.
Alan made his senior debut for Ireland in March 2016 against Switzerland, a fortnight before his season came to a premature end due to a serious leg injury sustained in a game against Ipswich Town. That injury kept him out of action until January 2018 when he returned in an Emirates FA Cup tie against former club Notts County at Griffin Park. Alan made 14 appearances last term and returned to the international fold, earning three further caps and scoring his first international goal against the United States of America in June.
This season Alan has made 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring his first goal since his return – against Arsenal in the EFL Cup in September. He scored once more this term, his final Brentford goal, against Middlesbrough in November. In total, Alan leaves Griffin Park having scored 26 goals in 140 appearances.