- A former Liverpool and Bournemouth star has joined non-league Ebbsfleet
- He was immediately named on the bench for their FA Cup tie, but did not play
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The winger, 27, made 119 Premier League appearances, as well as eight outings in the Europa League, but has been without a club since leaving Turkish club Adanaspor last year without making an appearance.
Ebbsfleet confirmed their new signing, and said that their new acquisition would wear the number 33 for Dennis Kutrieb’s side, having worn that same squad number for his previous teams.
Jordon Ibe has joined Ebbsfleet United, and was named among the substitutes for their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Slough Town on Saturday. However, he did not play, as they drew 2-2, forcing a midweek replay between the sides.
Ibe told the club website: ‘I just want to get back out there, show people what I can do again and play football.
Former Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has signed with non-league Ebbsfleet United
The Fleet confirmed the signing, and named Ibe among their substitutes in the FA Cup
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‘I’ve worked hard to be in a position where I am able to focus on football and believe in myself and my ability to contribute on the pitch. Being back out there is where I love to be and where I’m most happy but I needed to be healthy and prepared to give myself that chance.
‘The way Ebbsfleet have helped me and put a process in place so I can be ready has been really supportive. I came in and have had to back myself and prove I’m here to succeed to earn my chance.
‘The gaffer and staff have built up my fitness to the point where I’m ready to go with a ball and I’m really pleased to be able to concentrate on my game while at the same time being really supported.’
Ebbsfleet boss Kutrieb said: ‘This is a signing that will generate a lot of discussion outside our club but for us and for Jordon it is only about Ebbsfleet United and getting him back on the pitch to show us what we know he can do.
‘Starting or bringing Jordon into the squad is not something we have rushed into because we have had him here with us for a while, getting to know us and his new teammates and waiting until he is ready to play again.
‘I’m delighted we have reached that point and I am looking forward to seeing what he will do in front of our supporters in the coming season.
‘Like many of us in our club and the world generally, Jordon has had his personal battles and setbacks, but he has made brave decisions to talk about those issues, made a genuine effort to seek assistance and applied tools daily to improve his overall health.
Ibe made 58 appearances for Liverpool, before a £15m move to Bournemouth in 2016
‘He is committed to the club and the playing group here for allowing him time and a platform to enjoy playing football again.’
Ibe made 58 appearances for Liverpool, and earned four England Under-21 caps, before a £15m move to Bournemouth in 2016.
His Cherries’ career never took off and he was released in 2020. A spell at Derby followed but he played just three minutes of football.
He was open about his battle with depression during his brief time at Derby, and admitted he was in a ‘dark place’ amid the struggles in his professional career.