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Izzet proud of U's achievements
Kem Izzet says helping Colchester United achieve their highest-ever finish was his finest accomplishment at the club.
The midfielder featured in all but one of the U’s games in their first-ever campaign in the second tier, helping them achieve a magnificent tenth-place finish in 2006-07.
Colchester had an outside chance of reaching the play-offs on the final day of what was a memorable season at Layer Road.
And Izzet played a big part in helping them send the likes of Sunderland, Stoke City and Ipswich Town packing, as Geraint Williams’ side took the division by storm.
Izzet said: “I think what we did in that first year in the Championship will always be my greatest achievement at Colchester United.
“We came so close to making the play-offs and we hugely over-achieved in the Championship.
“It wasn’t just me who got us to where we were that year but I’m proud to have been a part of it.”
Izzet made more than 450 appearances for Colchester after being signed by Steve Whitton from Charlton Athletic in 2001, initially on loan.
He played under seven different full-time managers and experienced promotion and relegation during his long spell at the club.
“I enjoyed my time immensely at Colchester United,” said Izzet, who was the first current player to be inducted into the U’s Hall of Fame.
“They will always be in my heart.
“I’m very thankful to all of the team-mates, coaches, staff, supporters and media I’ve known over the years.
“I didn’t expect to be still at Colchester in 2013.
“But then in 2010, I didn’t expect to be looking for a new club in 2013 either.
“It’s been fantastic for me over the last 12 years but I needed to make a decision.”
Izzet is now hoping to find a new club as soon as possible - and is hungry for game-time having spent this season on the sidelines.
He added: “While I’m fit, I need to get out there and play football.
“Now that the settlement figure has been agreed, it makes life a little bit easier and I hope that it opens some doors for me.
“I hope it opens up more avenues for me and along with League One, I would consider League Two or Conference Premier clubs.
“If I’d not done it before the deadline, I wouldn’t have been a free agent.
“I wouldn’t have been able to play for any other club, unless it was on loan.
“Wages would have played a part then and they’re hard to come by for clubs at the moment.
“I haven’t played and if I hadn’t played at all this season, it would have been very hard to find a club in ten months time, especially after my injury last season.”
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