Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has joined npower Championship side Ipswich Town on a three-month loan deal - with a 24-hour call-back option.

The Irishman will link up with the Tractor Boys this week and could make his debut for Paul Jewell's side in Saturday's away fixture at Hull City, where he could face former West Ham United team-mate Abdoulaye Faye.

Ipswich have endured a difficult start to the 2012/13 season and go into the weekend 23rd in the table, having collected seven points from eleven matches played.

Henderson, who will challenge Scott Loach and Aaron Lee-Barrett for the No1 jersey at Portman Road. has plenty of npower Championship experience to call upon. The 24-year-old has made 27 appearances at that level for former clubs Bristol City and Portsmouth.

After making his loan switch from Portsmouth permanent in the summer, the Dublin-born stopper has backed-up Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Barclays Premier League and also made two Capital One Cup appearances for the Hammers this term.

The former Republic of Ireland U21 international has also appeared twice for the table-topping Development Squad in the Barclays U21 Premier League and was called-up by his country for their senior friendly international with Oman at Craven Cottage in September.