Former Ipswich Town and Newcastle United defender Titus Bramble has signed for Thurlow Nunn League side Stowmarket Town.
The thirty six year old will combine player-coach duties for the Old Gold and Blacks with his role as a coach at Ipswich Town’s academy.
Bramble began his career with the Tractor Boys in 1998, going on to make forty eight appearances for the club.
His form attracted attention from a number of clubs, but it was Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United that won the race for his signature with a £6m deal.
Although his was inconsistent during his time on Tyneside, Bramble did go on to represent the Magpies in the Champions League and UEFA Cup.
He was part of the United side that created Champions League history in 2002/03, becoming the first club to qualify for the second phase of the competition after losing their first three group games.
He also scored the goal that took the Magpies into the Intertoto Cup in a 1-0 win over Chelsea on the last day of the 2005/06 season.
Bramble left Newcastle in 2008, joining Wigan Athletic on a free transfer.
His three year stay with the Latics saw Bramble make just under one hundred appearances for the club, before joining Sunderland in 2010.
He scored his one and only Black Cats goal in a 4-0 win over Stoke City in September 2011, although also got himself sent off for a professional foul on Andy Carroll in a 5-1 defeat against former club Newcastle in October 2010.
He left the Stadium of Light club in 2013 and has been without a club since, despite briefly training with West Ham and his first club Ipswich Town during that summer.
He will now make a playing return with Stowmarket Town in step five of the non-league pyramid and could make his debut against Felixstowe and Walton this Saturday.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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