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Edwards becomes latest Colchester United player to leave

Joe Edwards has signed for Walsall. Credit: PA

Colchester United defender Joe Edwards has left the club to sign for League One side Walsall.

The 25-year-old made more than 40 appearances for the U's last season, but will now join the Saddlers once his contract expires at the end of the month.

I’m delighted to be here.

It’s a fantastic club and they had a really good season last year.

I’ve played against Walsall a few times before and they have always been a very good footballing side. They like to pass it about and they play with a good intensity.

I had a meeting with the manager a few weeks ago and I came away thinking this was the club for me.

– Joe Edwards, Walsall

Edwards follows Alex Gilbey and George Moncur in leaving Essex this week.

Meanwhile, Peterborough United have signed Crawley Town attacking midfielder Gwion Edwards for an undisclosed fee.

Colchester United dealt another blow as Gilbey joins Wigan Athletic

Alex Gilbey (right) has joined Wigan Athletic. Credit: PA

Promising Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey has joined League One champions Wigan Athletic after rejecting a new contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The 21-year-old is the second high profile departure of the day following confirmation of George Moncur's move to Barnsley.

Gilbey was one the shining lights for the U's last season despite their relegation to League Two.

Colchester will be entitled to a compensation fee for Gilbey who has agreed a three-year deal at the DW Stadium.

Alex was one of the outstanding young talents in League One last season, and we believe the next stage of his career can be fulfilled here.

He’s exactly the sort of player and person who suits this club and we’re delighted to add him to the group for pre-season.

He scored an excellent goal against us at Colchester last season and he was a standout player on the day, making him an excellent addition.

– Gary Caldwell, Wigan Athletic manager

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Sammie Szmodics signs new deal with Colchester

Sammie Szmodics' new contract starts on 1 July Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United forward Sammie Szmodics has signed a new three-year contract with the League Two club.

The 20-year-old has played 54 times for the U's since coming through their academy.

He'll remain with the club until at least the summer of 2019.

Szmodics missed half of last season after a foot injury, but says he is looking forward to getting back onto the pitch.

It was so frustrating last season, not being able to get out on the pitch and having to watch us battle against relegation from the stands.

Missing so many games has made me really hungry for football and I can't wait until we get started again at the end of the month.

Being offered a new contract when I have missed half a season shows that the club has faith in me and I'm really grateful and can't wait to repay that faith.

– Sammie Szmodics

Colchester United fans react to McGreal appointment

Colchester United fans have been reacting to the appointment of John McGreal as their new manager, and some supporters aren't exactly jumping for joy at the news.

Under 21s boss McGreal takes over from Kevin Keen who left last week.

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Colchester United unveil McGreal as their new manager

John McGreal (right) is unveiled at this afternoon's press conference. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester United have appointed under 21s coach John McGreal as their new manager.

The 43-year-old replaces Kevin Keen who left the club following their relegation to League Two last week.

McGreal guided Colchester's under 21s side to fourth in their league this season.

He will be assisted by Steve Ball who left his role as Maldon & Tiptree manager earlier today.

Colchester United to reveal new manager tomorrow

Robbie Cowling has moved quickly to find Kevin Keen's successor. Credit: PA

Colchester United have called a press conference for tomorrow afternoon to announce their new manager.

Kevin Keen decided to quit following talks with chairman Robbie Cowling last week and the U's have moved quickly to secure a successor.

Current under 21s manager John McGreal is the overwhelming favourite with the bookies at 2/5.

In a recent poll by ITV News Anglia, 40% of U's fans said they wanted Braintree Town boss Danny Cowley to take over.

You can follow live updates of the announcement on our website tomorrow afternoon

Izzet targets vacant Colchester United manager's job

Kem Izzet left Colchester United in 2013. Credit: PA

Former Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet has confirmed he has applied for the vacant manager's job at the club.

Former boss Kevin Keen stood down from his role yesterday following talks with chairman Robbie Cowling.

Assistant manager David Wright will take charge of the U's remaining two games of the season.

35-year-old Izzet made over 400 appearances for the club and took to Twitter last night to declare his interest.

To add further fuel to the fire, he left Suffolk non-league side Needham Market this afternoon.

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