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Frankie Kent: Colchester United defender pens new deal

Frankie Kent is staying at Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United defender Frankie Kent has signed a new contract with the club.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the U's in 2014 and has gone on to make more than 60 appearances in the first team.

Kent's fresh deal will run until the the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

"Frankie has progressed well over the last couple of years since breaking through as a teenager and he is now one of the first choices within the team," Director of Football Tony Humes said.

"His development and progress during his time in the first team has been down to his hard work and determination, alongside his undoubted natural talent.

"It's been no surprise that his displays have attracted interest, with clubs at a higher level coming to watch him at games.

"With that in mind, it's great that he's agreed to sign this new deal and we are confident that he will continue to make big strides and prove that he can play at a higher level in the future."

Aaron Pierre: Northampton Town sign centre-back

Aaron Pierre has moved to Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old Grenada international was recently on trial with Championship side Bristol City and had attracted interest from a number of other clubs.

He was a offered a new contract at Wycombe but chose to pursue a move elsewhere.

He has always impressed me when we have played against him. He is a threat at set plays and a presence in both penalty areas and his arrival creates some excellent competition among the four central defenders we have in the squad.

I know Wycombe were very keen to keep him and he has had interest from clubs in the Championship. He is an ambitious player but I think he has been attracted by the work we have done and are continuing to do and our ambition to take the club forward and he wants to be part of that.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed French striker Mikael Mandron from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

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Steven Taylor: No Ipswich Town deal for defender

Steven Taylor will have to find a new club. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have confirmed that defender Steven Taylor won't be offered a new contract at Portman Road.

The former Newcastle United centre-back joined on a short-term deal in January and was given the chance to extend his stay.

However, Town have decided against the move because they feel they've got another cover at the back.

We have brought in Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa in recent weeks to add to what we already have at the back.

Both Jordan and Dominic are very versatile players that can cover full-back and centre-back positions and we have good competition for places at the back now so we won’t be doing anything with Tayls.

He’s a great pro and he will do a good job for someone. We wish him well.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Meanwhile, Colchester United have re-signed defender Cole Kpekawa from Barnsley.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with the U's in 2014, and has now agreed a permanent contract.

Colchester United suffer double injury blow

Craig Slater (left) and Kurtis Guthrie (right) won't play again this season. Credit: PA

Colchester United's injury crisis has deepened with the news that key duo Craig Slater and Kurtis Guthrie have both been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

The U's have recently found out that Frankie Kent, Luke Prosser and Denny Johnstone will also be missing for the rest of the campaign.

Striker Guthrie picked an ankle injury last weekend and will now face surgery in the coming weeks, while Slater is also due to go under the knife to repair a double hernia.

Colchester will be hoping to get their play-off bid back on track tomorrow when they visit Cambridge United.

Colchester United duo out for the rest of the season

Frankie Kent (left) and Denny Johnstone (right) will miss the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Colchester United duo Frankie Kent and Denny Johnstone have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Centre back Kent has ruptured ligaments in his ankle, while forward Johnstone has suffered a tear in his knee cartilage.

However there is better news concerning defender Tom Eastman who could be back in action before the end of the campaign.

Tom is having a series of Prolotherapy injections to heal the rupture in his ankle ligaments.

He had one earlier this week and will have another one or two depending on how the specialist thinks it's going.

An operation was an option for Tom and that would have meant him joining Frankie and Denny in being out all season.

This course of action has a shorter recovery time and gives us the chance to get Tom back for the last few weeks of the season.

– Tony Flynn, Colchester United physio
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