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Colchester United sign defender Lloyd Doyley

Colchester United sign defender Lloyd Doyley on a free transfer. Credit: PA

Colchester United have confirmed the signing of defender Lloyd Doyley on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old Lloyd played over 400 times for Watford, at both Championship and Premier League level and helped them to promotion to the Premier League in 2005/6 season.

A Jamaican international, Doyley will bring plenty of football knowledge to the U's dressing room and he is expected to be part of the squad for the weekend game against Newport.

His move will be completed subject to paperwork clearance.

Colchester United's Loft facing long injury layoff

Doug Loft will be missing for the next 3 months. Credit: PA

Colchester United midfielder Doug Loft has been ruled out of the next three months with an achilles injury.

The 29-year-old, who joined the club from Gillingham in the summer, hasn't featured since the defeat to Portsmouth last month and is now facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

A partial tear was discovered and it has necessitated an injection and a protective boot.

He will be in the boot for the next few weeks, although he will still be able to do plenty of work in that time, including some cross training and bike to keep up his cardio levels.

It is a bit early to predict exactly how long he will be out but two to three months is the estimate at this stage.

– Tony Flynn, Colchester United physio


Colchester United swoop for Kilmarnock midfielder Slater

Craig Slater has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed Kilmarnock midfielder Craig Slater for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old rejected a new contract in Scotland in favour of moving to Essex - despite reported interest from Aberdeen.

Slater has signed a two-year deal and follows Forest Green Rovers striker Kurtis Guthrie in joining the U's this week.

Meanwhile, young striker Femi Akinwande has signed a new one-year contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.


MK Dons defender Hodson completes move to Scottish giants

Lee Hodson is heading to Rangers. Credit: PA

MK Dons defender Lee Hodson has completed his move to Scottish giants Rangers.

The right-back has moved to Glasgow for an undisclosed fee after impressing during a successful loan spell at Kilmarnock last season.

24-year-old Hodson helped the Dons gain promotion to The Championship back in 2015.

He has signed a three-year deal at Ibrox.

It’s amazing, an opportunity to come to such a massive club is a dream come true.

From the day I heard that there was an opportunity to come here my mind was made up and I couldn’t be more excited at the moment.

I cant wait to get started and meet all the lads.

– Lee Hodson, Rangers

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed former Gillingham winger Brennan Dickenson on a free transfer.

Colchester United seal deals for Championship duo

Denny Johnstone has made the move to Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed Birmingham City striker Denny Johnstone and Brentford winger Courtney Senior.

21-year-old Johnstone joins for an undisclosed fee and impressed while on loan at Scottish Championship side Morton last season.

Senior has agreed a free transfer and was out on loan at Wycombe during the last campaign.

Both players have signed two-year contracts at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Meanwhile, MK Dons have completed the signing of George Williams who has been released by Barnsley.

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.

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