Ipswich Town have signed Stoke City defender Danny Collins on a three-month loan deal.
The 31-year-old, who has not been named in Tony Pulis' 25-man Premier League squad, is available for Town's trip to Blackpool on Saturday.
"There is a lot of ambition about the place," he told the club website.
"And with the players here, you can see Ipswich being one of the clubs competing near the top of the table," he added.
"There were a few other clubs interested but I know five or six of the lads here and spoke to them and they said what a great club it is.
"I also spoke to Jon Walters and he said 'get down there, you'll enjoy it'.
"I've played regularly over the last five or six years so when I wasn't included in the side at the start of this season I had a word with the manager and told him I'd rather go out and play somewhere than sit on the bench."
The move is timely for Ipswich boss Paul Jewell, with centre-halves Ibrahima Sonko and Ivar Ingimarsson both doubts for the Seasiders clash with hamstring problems.
Collins joined the Potters for £2.75m from Sunderland two years ago and has since made 50 Premier League appearances, 45 as a starter.
He began his career at Chester, where he featured 76 times, before switching to the Black Cats for £140,000 in October 2004.