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Monakana agrees U's stay

Jeffrey Monakana has extended his loan spell with Colchester United Credit: PA

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.

Garbutt extends U's stay

Luke Garbutt has extended his loan spell at Colchester United by a further month. Credit: PA

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.


Taylor joins Colchester United

Colchester United have signed experienced defender Matt Taylor Credit: PA

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.

U's seal defender loan move

Jamie Sendles-White will be playing his football at the Weston Homes Community Stadium for the next month Credit: PA

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.

U's borrow Everton youngster

Colchester United have signed highly-rated youngster Luke Garbutt on a month's loan Credit: PA

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 leaves club

Former U's skipper Kem Izzet Credit: PA

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.


Olufemi commits to U's

Tosin Olufemi has signed a new contract with Colchester United Credit: PA

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.

U's complete Dickson capture

Ryan Dickson has joined Colchester United Credit: PA

Colchester United have announced the signing of former Southampton defender Ryan Dickson.

The 26-year-old has been on trial with the U's since his release from the Premiership side.

Left back Dickson played over 80 games at Brentford before making the switch to the South coast.

The new U's recruit told Colchester's official website that the opportunity to play regular football was too good to turn down.

"It's good to be settled now and I've been happy since I first turned up here. There's a good squad here, the right philosophy in the way to play and a great work rate from all of the lads.

"Last year was a frustrating one for me, so I am ready to get back to my top form and help Colchester push on, because I think we've got a good chance with some real talented players here."

United have also confirmed that winger Drey Wright has put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him stay with the club until 2016.

O'Toole completes Rovers switch

John-Joe O'Toole has left Colchester United to join Bristol Rovers Credit: PA

Colchester United midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has left the club to join Bristol Rovers on a permanent basis.

The 24-year-old spent time on loan at the Memorial Stadium last season, and has now committed his future to Rovers by signing a three-year contract.

The League Two outfit have paid an undisclosed fee for O'Toole's services, and the midfielder will once again link up with former U's boss John Ward in the West Country.

Ward's successor at Colchester United, Joe Dunne, told the club's official website that the move suited all parties.

"I think John-Joe has made the right choice of club for this move. His opportunities here would have been limited with the competition for places in the centre of midfield. On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to wish him well and thank him for his time at the club."

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