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Orr surplus to requirements at Ewood Park
BRADLEY Orr has completed a loan move to Ipswich Town after he was found surplus to requirements at Ewood Park.
The former QPR and Bristol City right back will today completed his move to Suffolk until January, with an option for a permanent deal once the transfer window reopens.
Orr only arrived at Rovers from Loftus Road at the start of the year, when Steve Kean opted to bring in the 30-year-old defender for a nominal fee.
Orr was a regular for the early part of the current campaign but, having lost his place in the starting line-up under new boss Henning Berg, he has been told he can leave Ewood Park.
Orr was keen on playing a key role in Rovers’ attempt to earn an instant Premier League return but believes his first team opportunities would be limited if he remained at Ewood Park.
He made 10 Premier League starts for Rovers in the second half of last season but was unable to prevent the club from crashing out of the top flight.
He has struggled to win over sections of Rovers supporters, after comments made by the defender in support of former boss Steve Kean last season.
The emergence of teenager Adam Henley during Berg’s tenure has seen Orr left on the bench in all three of the Norwegian’s matches in charge.
Berg insisted after he initially left him out of the trip to Palace that Orr still had a place in the club’s future, but the defender believes his opportunities would be limited.
Meanwhile Birmingham City skipper Steven Caldwell has hailed Scottish team-mate and Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes ahead of this evening’s friendly away at Luxembourg.
The former Burnley defender, who marked him in Saturday’s draw at Ewood Park, said: “He is a very difficult player to play against because he has lots of great movement and is a very willing player.
“He is always sitting on your shoulder and sniffing around for an opportunity to get across you and get either a header or a shot in on goal.
“He makes sure you have to concentrate on your game all the time and that is what we had to do against him. I am 100 per cent sure he is going to have an excellent future ahead of him. “I am so pleased he is Scottish.
“He is one of us and he gives us another option up front.
“We have got a great player like Kenny Miller coming to the end of his career, but who is still very good and we have also got (Stephen) Fletcher, Jamie Mackie and Naismith to provide competition for him over the next few years.”