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.
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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.
Happy to have signed an Extension with @colu_official cannot wait for the new season to start now ⚽️
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.
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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.
I've nothing against McGreal as a person or coach but we needed something more inspiring than another internal promotion & lack of ambition
Happy to give McGreal a chance, he deserves that. Hardly an inspiring appointment but a couple of wins & he'll have everyone on side. #ColU
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 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
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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.
I have officially chucked my name into the hat
Colchester United manager Kevin Keen has left the club with immediate effect.
The former Liverpool coach only took over in December and wasn't able to prevent the U's from being relegated to League Two for the first time in 18 years.
Following a meeting with chairman Robbie Cowling, he has now decided to leave.
David Wright will take charge of the remaining two games of the current season.
Keen's last game was a 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion.
After a meeting with the owner, Robbie Cowling over the future direction of the club, Kevin Keen has decided to leave Colchester United with immediate effect.
Kevin has worked tirelessly to try and turn around the fortunes of the club this season.
We wish Kevin all the best in his future career.