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Colchester United bring in Briggs on permanent deal

Matthew Briggs (in yellow) in action for Colchester United last season. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed left-back Matthew Briggs on a permanent deal.

The 24-year-old had a successful loan spell with the U's last season and was let go by fellow League One side Millwall at the end of the campaign.

He's now agreed a two-year deal in Essex.

Briggs was once the Premier League's youngest player when he made his debut for Fulham at the age of just 16 years and 65 days in 2007.

Matthew Briggs was released by Millwall at the end of last season. Credit: PA

"He has got a lot of the attributes we’re looking for and he showed at the end of the season that he’s improving with games.

You're looking at him fitting into the back four as an attacking left back and he has a real physicality and technical ability. He has got those attributes in abundance."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Colchester United stalwart Okuonghae to leave the club

Magnus Okuonghae. Credit: PA

Colchester United's longest serving player Magnus Okuonghae is set to leave the club.

The centre-half has been with the U's for six years, but is now being allowed to move on after his contract came to an end.

He missed much of last season after rupturing his achilles tendon.

“Magnus has been an excellent servant to the club and has been club captain.

It was a difficult decision to let him go, especially with the serious injury he sustained, but with the direction in which the club are going, it was felt that it would be in both parties’ interests for Magnus to seek his football future elsewhere.

As a player and a person, he served the club well and we wish him all the best wherever he goes next."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

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Colchester United manager Humes backs his side to avoid the drop

Tony Humes says that Colchester United can avoid relegation. Credit: PA

Colchester United manager Tony Humes still believes that his side can avoid relegation to League Two, despite a damaging defeat to Notts County last night.

Paddy McCourt scored the winner for the visitors midway through the second-half.

The result leaves Colchester two points from safety with 12 games remaining.

"The players are good enough to keep the club in League One, they've shown that on so many occasions this season.

But the home form has been an issue for the last couple of years and we haven't resolved it.

We have to be better and braver than that and the players are massively disappointed, as you would expect."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Statue unveiled of Colchester United's "player of the century" Peter Wright

Peter Wright's statue in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

He was one of Colchester United's greatest ever players and Peter Wright has been remembered in style with the unveiling of a 6 foot bronze statue in the town.

Voted player of the century in 2000, his widow said he would've been "chuffed" at being honoured in this way.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Colchester United move for experienced striker Porter

Chris Porter has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed experienced striker Chris Porter on a free transfer.

Sheffield United agreed to cancel the 31-year-old's contract at Bramall Lane so that he could make the switch to Essex.

Porter has signed an 18-month deal with the U's, and will help to fill the void left by Freddie Sears who joined Ipswich Town last week.

Sears scored his first goal for Town in last night's 3-2 defat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Matthew Briggs has signed until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Colchester have also signed Millwall left-back Matthew Briggs on loan until the end of the seaon.

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Colchester United loanee Packwood returns to Birmingham City after horror debut

Will Packwood has returned to Birmingham City. Credit: PA

Birmingham City defender Will Packwood has had his loan spell cut short with Colchester United, after managing to play just 67 minutes for the League One club.

The 21-year-old had a nightmare debut for the U's in a 6-0 defeat to MK Dons, picking up an injury and receiving a red card when he hauled down Dons striker Benik Afobe last month.

“He’s gone back to Birmingham and they’re monitoring his progress. Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that he’ll be fit for two or three weeks.

To have the sending off and the red card was very unfortunate for Will. The game at MK Dons was a tough one for everyone and Will didn’t get much help from those around him.”

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Late cup drama as Colchester United go through

There was late drama in second round of the FA Cup as Colchester and Peterborough met this afternoon.

A tight game came to life in the 88th minute, when Sanchez Watt fouled Michael Bostwick to give Peterborough a penalty - but Aaron McLean's spot kick was saved by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

And with just two minutes of injury time left, Colchester's George Moncur won it for the U's, to book their place in the third round draw.

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