Ellington looking for new club
Nathan Ellington has left Ipswich after his contract was mutually terminated and the striker is now eager to find a new club as quickly as possible.
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The 31-year-old endured a frustrating time at Portman Road having been largely out of favour since joining in the summer of 2011 while a recent loan spell at Scunthorpe this season was blighted by injuries and illness.
Ellington, who has scored 119 league goals in his career for Bristol Rovers, Wigan, West Brom, Watford, Derby and Preston, would ideally like to remain in the Championship but accepts a move down the divisions, where he can also use his experience to help younger players coming through, is more realistic.
He told Sporting Life: "I didn't see any future here and I think there will be a lot more opportunity for me at another club.
"I'd like to find a new club as quickly as possible really because you don't want to miss out on playing and training for too long because you need to keep your sharpness up. That's the aim and then I can continue the rest of the season and finish on a good note.
"I would obviously accept a move down the divisions now because of what's happened over the past few years with not playing much. Maybe I need to drop down so I can start playing regularly and remind people of my qualities.
"I'm prepared to do that and I've played in all the leagues before so I have experience of how it goes down there. I'm just raring to play football regularly again.
"I'm always helping the younger players and they're always appreciative of it. They always say it's good to train with me so they can get that extra bit of advice as well. Having a player with my experience at a club does benefit others."
The former Baggies striker is also open to a move away from England, adding: "I have played abroad before in Greece so I'm no stranger to leaving England either. That option is not out of the window - I would consider going abroad too. It's just working out which is the best opportunity for me and my career."
Ellington felt he deserved more of a chance under ex-Town boss Paul Jewell before Mick McCarthy replaced him but is keen to put the past behind him.
He said: "It was the most frustrating time of my career because there was a lot less chances to get a run of games. I would have thought under Paul Jewell I would have got that but for one reason or another I didn't.
"When Mick McCarthy arrived I had a bit of an injury but I still tried to train as you want to make a good impression on the new manager. I went out to Scunthorpe on loan but a mixture of injuries, games being called off and the flu meant the move kind of backfired really.
"Just before I left Scunthorpe I got fit again and was ready to play but unfortunately it was the end of the loan period. But I feel good now and I've been training really well so I just want to kick on and start afresh at a new club.
"As for Mick McCarthy I have nothing but respect and admiration for him - he's running the club really well. As for me, it's just one of those things that if you're not needed then you have to look elsewhere.
"But I now have an opportunity to move on and that's what I've set my sights on doing. I'm not going to dwell on the past."