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Colchester United swoop for young keeper Barnes

Colchester United have signed former Bedford Town goalkeeper Dillon Barnes. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed former Bedford Town goalkeeper Dillon Barnes.

The 19-year-old has been on trial at the U's all summer and has done enough to earn a permanent deal.

Barnes will help cover for current number one Sam Walker who injured his cruciate ligament earlier this season.


Colchester United land former Ipswich Town man Ambrose

Darren Ambrose has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed former Ipswich Town midfielder Darren Ambrose on a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old has been keeping himself fit by training with his former employers at Portman Road.

Ambrose moves on a free transfer and could make his U's debut against Blackpool on Saturday.

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


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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