Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hopes his players can show their mental strength to secure League One status and avoid relegation.
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Colchester United have announced the loan signing of young Bolton Wanderers defender Cian Bolger.
The Republic of Ireland under-21 international has agreed a 28-day deal to stay at the Weston Homes Community Stadium until mid-November.
21-year-old Bolger joined Bolton from Championship rivals Leicester City in January, but has yet to make a first team appearance for Dougie Freedman's side.
The U's will be Bolger's second loan club, with the Irishman having spent three temporary spells at Bristol Rovers since 2011.
Bolger is the second arrival at Colchester United this week, following the capture of West Ham United striker Elliot Lee on Tuesday.
Colchester United have signed promising West Ham United striker Elliot Lee on a month's loan.
The 18-year-old has been in prolific form for the Hammers' development side so far this season, hitting five goals in six Barclays U21 Premier League appearances.
Lee also made his debut for West Ham's senior team in August, coming on as a late substitute in a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City.
The teenager could be in line for his first appearance for the U's in tonight's League One clash against Shrewsbury Town.
Colchester United have extended the loan spell of Jeffrey Monakana until early December.
The Preston North End winger has made a good impression since arriving at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, playing five times and scoring on his debut in a 2-2 draw with Bradford City last month.
19-year-old Monakana will continue to provide valuable cover on the flanks for the U's, with the likes of Sanchez Watt and Drey Wright ruled out with injury for the foreseeable future.
Monakana is the second loanee to extend his stay with Colchester in the last week, with Everton's Luke Garbutt signing a similar loan extension on Friday.
On loan Everton left-back Luke Garbutt has extended his loan spell at Colchester United by a further month.
The 20-year-old has been an integral part of Joe Dunne's side since joining in September, playing in all four League One fixtures since his arrival.
Garbutt's new agreement will run up to, and including, the weekend of Saturday 9 November.
Colchester United have completed their second temporary signing of the day with experienced centre-half Matt Taylor joining on a month's loan from Bradford City.
The 31-year-old follows Jamie Sendles-White through the doors at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Taylor has plenty of Football League experience having previously played for the likes of Exeter City and Charlton Athletic.
Colchester United have signed Queens Park Rangers youngster Jamie Sendles-White on an initial 28-day loan deal.
The 19-year-old is the second defensive arrival in the space of a week following the capture of Everton's Luke Garbutt.
Sendles-White played 16 times for QPR's under-21s side last season, and has also represented Northern Ireland at under-21s level.
Colchester United have signed promising Everton defender Luke Garbutt in a one-month loan deal.
The England under-20s international arrives in Essex as cover for left-back Ryan Dickson who has been sidelined with a virus in recent weeks.
He goes straight into the U's squad for Saturday's clash with Bradford City.
20-year-old Garbutt enjoyed a successful temporary spell with Cheltenham Town two seasons ago and signed a new contract with Everton this summer.
Toffees under-21's manager Alan Stubbs told the club's official website that the loan spell should prove to be beneficial for all parties:
“It’s a chance for Luke to go out and play some competitive games which will help his experience.
“His loan is for 28 days which means he has the opportunity to play five matches. Colchester play Bradford, Crawley, Bristol City, Wolves and Walsall in that time, four of which are in the top half of the table so it will be good for his development.”
Long-serving U's star Kem Izzet is to leave the club it was announced today.
Izzet spent 12-years at Colchester United making 436 appearances and scoring 18 goals.
Izzet reached a compromise with the club allowing him to seek a new club outside of the transfer window, which is due to close later today.
More on this story on the club website.
Tosin Olufemi has signed a new contract with Colchester United, which will keep him at the League One club until 2016.
The 19-year-old made his first start for the U's in last weekend's draw with Carlisle United, following an impressive pre-season.
The youngster will now be hoping for an extended run in the team after tying down his future.
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