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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


Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling: "Joe Dunne has done a remarkable job"

Joe Dunne has left Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling has paid tribute to former manager Joe Dunne, after the U's parted company with him this morning.

Dunne left his position by mutual consent earlier today following a two-year spell in charge of the club.

Colchester have endured a tough start to the League One season, picking up only one point from their opening five games.

"Joe has done a remarkable job as manager for Colchester United over the past two seasons and he has been a remarkable servant for the club for many years.

He is a Colchester United legend and I am grateful for the way he kept our club in League One during these challenging times.

I wish him all of the very best for the future."

– Robbie Cowling, Colchester United Chairman


Colchester United move for non-league striker Holman

Colchester United have signed striker Dan Holman from Conference club Braintree Town. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed striker Dan Holman from Conference club Braintree Town.

The 24-year-old has agreed a two-year contract with the U's, and had recently spent time on trial with Southend United.

Holman scored 13 goals for Braintree last season, and previously played for Histon.

“Dan is a player we have watched on many occasions over the past two seasons and we’re delighted we were able to bring him in," manager Joe Dunne said.

“He gives us another option in the forward areas of the pitch and has the ability to create and score goals for us.”

Colchester United sign hat-trick of players

Colchester United have signed Chris Lewington, Ben Gordon and Sean Clohessy Credit: PA Wire

Colchester United have completed a hat-trick of signings.

Goalkeeper Chris Lewington (25) has joined from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Left back Ben Gordon has signed a two-year deal with Colchester after playing in Scotland for a year. He joined Chelsea from Leeds United as a teenager.

And right back Sean Clohessy (27) has also moved south of the border from Kilmarnock.

All three signings trained with their new team mates at Florence Park.

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Joe Dunne: Colchester's battle for League One survival will go to last weekend of season

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne believes their battle for League One survival will go to the last weekend of the season - but hopes they can secure their safety by beating promoted Brentford on Saturday.

The U's are just a point above the relegation zone in 18th place after drawing 0-0 at fellow strugglers Crewe on Bank Holiday Monday.

A lack of goals has contributed to their struggles this season, but the U's have had their fair share of bad luck too.

"We were looking at some stuff and we believe we've hot the woodwork I think sixteen times this season," revealed Dunne while looking ahead to Saturday's game.

"It's incredible, but you only get goals when they go in the net. The good thing is we are creating chances. That's been important.

"I think overall this season I've been pleased with the amount of chances we've created. However, we do need to take a few."

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'We need to be better than where we are' - Colchester boss Joe Dunne ahead of Crewe game.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne believes his team should be higher up the table as they scrap for League One survival. The U's are just two points ahead of the bottom four ahead of their game with Crewe. Only goal difference separates the two clubs, with the U's two places above in 18th.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Gresty Road, Dunne said 'No one's happy to be in the position where we are, and we get to this situation where its still in our hands to avoid relegation. Its not in my DNA to keep hanging on and hanging on. As a group we should be better than where we are'.

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