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QPR winger joins Colchester United on loan

The Dublin-born player spent the second half of last term on loan at League Two side Port Vale Credit: www.cu-fc.com

League Two Colchester United have signed winger Olamide Shodipo on loan from Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.

Olamide came through the ranks at Loftus Road and made his senior debut last season, in their 3-0 win over Leeds.

The 20-year-old has also featured for Republic of Ireland's U19s and U21s.

Olamide could feature in the U's squad for the weekend game against Newport County.

Colchester have also signed Doncaster Rovers striker Liam Mandeville and Wolves midfielder Ben Stevenson on loan deals until the end of the season.

Stevenson, 20, joined Wolves from Coventry City earlier in the day.

The U's have managed to complete a permanent deal too, with Charlton Athletic defender Aaron Barnes agreeing to move to Essex.

Meanwhile, defender Lewis Kinsella had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

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Frankie Kent: Colchester United defender pens new deal

Frankie Kent is staying at Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United defender Frankie Kent has signed a new contract with the club.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the U's in 2014 and has gone on to make more than 60 appearances in the first team.

Kent's fresh deal will run until the the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

"Frankie has progressed well over the last couple of years since breaking through as a teenager and he is now one of the first choices within the team," Director of Football Tony Humes said.

"His development and progress during his time in the first team has been down to his hard work and determination, alongside his undoubted natural talent.

"It's been no surprise that his displays have attracted interest, with clubs at a higher level coming to watch him at games.

"With that in mind, it's great that he's agreed to sign this new deal and we are confident that he will continue to make big strides and prove that he can play at a higher level in the future."

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