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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.


Colchester United loanee Packwood returns to Birmingham City after horror debut

Will Packwood has returned to Birmingham City. Credit: PA

Birmingham City defender Will Packwood has had his loan spell cut short with Colchester United, after managing to play just 67 minutes for the League One club.

The 21-year-old had a nightmare debut for the U's in a 6-0 defeat to MK Dons, picking up an injury and receiving a red card when he hauled down Dons striker Benik Afobe last month.

“He’s gone back to Birmingham and they’re monitoring his progress. Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that he’ll be fit for two or three weeks.

To have the sending off and the red card was very unfortunate for Will. The game at MK Dons was a tough one for everyone and Will didn’t get much help from those around him.”

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Late cup drama as Colchester United go through

There was late drama in second round of the FA Cup as Colchester and Peterborough met this afternoon.

A tight game came to life in the 88th minute, when Sanchez Watt fouled Michael Bostwick to give Peterborough a penalty - but Aaron McLean's spot kick was saved by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

And with just two minutes of injury time left, Colchester's George Moncur won it for the U's, to book their place in the third round draw.

Colchester United striker Holman heads to Aldershot Town on loan

Dan Holman will spend the next month at Aldershot Town. Credit: PA

Colchester United striker Dan Holman has joined Conference side Aldershot Town on a month's loan.

The 24-year-old signed for the U's in the summer, but has hardly featured.

He has recently returned from a similar loan spell at Wrexham where he was restricted to limited game time.

"We're hoping that Dan will be able to get some minutes on the pitch this time.

He went to Wrexham, but only played 35 minutes so he's still not where we need him to be where match fitness is concerned.

He'll now go to Aldershot and will see where it goes from there."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager


Ipswich Town defender Hewitt completes Colchester loan move

Elliott Hewitt featured in Ipswich Town's opening day win over Fulham. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town defender Elliott Hewitt has joined League One side Colchester United on a month's loan.

The Welshman has struggled to make an impact at Portman Road this season, and will be aiming to get minutes under his belt in Essex.

The full-back spent time on loan at Gillingham last season, and could make his debut for the U's against the Gills in tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash between the two sides.

Hewitt is Colchester's second new arrival of the day following the capture of free agent David Fox.

"We're pleased to have Elliott join up with us on loan.

He's a good young player who will help us move forward in the next month."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Former Colchester United midfielder Fox seals U's return

David Fox celebrates scoring for Colchester United against Norwich City in 2009. Credit: PA

Former Colchester United midfielder David Fox has rejoined the club, after agreeing a three-month contract with the U's.

The 30-year-old last played for the club back in 2010, when he left to join Norwich City.

Fox was a popular figure at Carrow Road, and finished third in the Canaries' Player of the Season awards in 2011-12, before he was released this summer.

Fox also played for Norwich City. Credit: PA

The former Manchester United youngster trained with Preston North End recently, but has now put pen to paper on a deal that will run until mid January with the U's.

"David adds experience to a young squad.

He fits our profile of how we want to play the game and will be a good addition to the squad for the coming months."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager
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