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Josh Coulson: Defender leaves Cambridge United after a decade

Josh Coulson is leaving Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Long-serving Cambridge United defender Josh Coulson has joined Leyton Orient on a permanent deal - bringing to an end a 10-year stay at the club.

Cambridge-born Coulson came through the academy at his hometown club and went on to make 324 first team appearances.

He joined Conference side Orient on loan in the summer and has now agreed a two-and-a-half year contract.

Following confirmation of the move, the defender thanked the Cambridge supporters for all the support they've shown him through the years.

Coulson celebrates winning the FA Trophy in 2014. Credit: PA

"I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody at the club, as well as the fans who have supported me during my time with Cambridge United," Coulson said.

"It does feel like the end of an era and whilst I'm looking forward to a new chapter, I will never forget the fantastic highs I have experienced with this Football Club.

"I'll still be around the place in the future, and I'll be on the terraces soon enough. But for now I would just like to say thank you from both myself and my family and wish the club all the best for the future."

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Cambridge Football Director Graham Daniels added that Coulson will go down as a "club legend" at the Abbey Stadium.

"This is obviously a bittersweet day for everyone at Cambridge United. It is the right move for Josh but it obviously means saying goodbye to someone who is very special to the fans and everyone at the club," he said.

"Cambridge born and bred Josh has made an immense contribution to Cambridge United in so many different ways - on and off the pitch - over the last decade.

"Josh leaves Cambridge United a genuine club legend. We are so pleased we were able to mark his contribution to the club in his testimonial last year. The warmth of the tribute from the fans was testament to the affection and respect in which they have rightly always held him."

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