Date: 26th January 2011 at 5:54pm
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Ipswich Town are reported to be leading the hunt for Luton Town midfielder Andy Drury after the 27-year-old revealed he expects to leave Kenilworth Road this month.

Speculation arose last week that Ipswich were one of several Championship clubs tracking Drury, who is highly rated in non-league football. Having previously helped Stevenage Borough to the Blue Square Premier title and an FA Trophy final last season, the attack-minded midfielder has since proven a hit at Luton, where he has scored 8 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season. However, despite only joining the Hatters last summer, Drury now looks set for bigger things.

Speaking after helping Luton to a 1-0 Blue Square Premier victory over Grimsby Town at the weekend, Drury was asked whether that would be his final appearance for the Hatters.

‘I think so, but you never know in football.’, he told the Luton on Sunday. ‘I’m not too sure what club and we’ll see what the rest of the week brings but I`ve loved the club and loved my time here so it’s been a great six months for me.’

It is no surprise that Drury’s comments have fuelled speculation that Ipswich are rivalling Coventry City and Sheffield United for his signature. Despite that, Luton Chairman Richard Money told reporters that the club has yet to receive a bid for the player, who is valued at around £150,000.

Signing a player from non-league would certainly be a gamble for Paul Jewell, though there have been many examples of non-league footballers being plucked from obscurity to star for professional sides. Millwall star striker Steve Morison was a team-mate of Drury’s at Stevenage prior to joining the Lions in 2009, whilst the likes of Blackpool striker D.J. Campbell and Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Michael Kightly have also risen from humble beginnings in non-league football in recent years. It may be a long shot, but if Drury possesses the raw talent, he could well succeed if given a shot at the big time.

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