Life-long Ipswich fan, Ed Sheeran, has been included in the official squad list for the upcoming League One season and has been handed the No 17 shirt after agreeing to sponsor the club for the 2021-22 campaign.
The 30-year-old Grammy Award winning singer is the main shirt sponsor for both the men's and women's teams, and will be included in the official team photo for the season.
“This is bonkers really, isn’t it! When Ipswich told me I thought they were joking but I love the idea," Sheeran told the club's website.
“I think this is going be a great season and I’m honoured to be a part of it. I just hope this squad number is only ceremonial because I want to see us promoted and that’s not going to happen if I’m playing!"
Sheeran will now be eligible to play for Ipswich in the new season as they look for promotion to the Championship. Club chief executive Mark Ashton added: "Having Ed involved is fantastic for the football club.
"We saw pictures of him wearing the 17 shirt when he was at the club to perform his Euro 2020 TikTok concert so Paul and I spoke about it and we agreed to offer Ed the chance of that squad number. It's our way of thanking him for his support and we look forward to welcoming him to Portman Road this season."