Sam signs permanent deal with U's

Gazette: Staying put - goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a permanent deal with Colchester United following two successful loan spells. Staying put - goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a permanent deal with Colchester United following two successful loan spells.

Colchester United have signed goalkeeper Sam Walker on a permanent basis from Chelsea.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed two successful loan spells with the U's from the Stamford Bridge club.

And now Walker, whose contract at Chelsea was due to expire at the end of this season, has committed his future to Colchester by signing an 18-month deal with the U's.

Colchester boss Joe Dunne said: "Sam us another young and hungry footballer who has decided to come here and play, which is great testament to what we are doing here at Colchester United."

For all of the latest Colchester United news, see the Daily Gazette.

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7:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

crazy comments says...

All the flowers are blooming at once. Good news.
All the flowers are blooming at once. Good news. crazy comments
  • Score: 11

10:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

MelbourneColUtd says...

All I can say is, "Wow!".
All I can say is, "Wow!". MelbourneColUtd
  • Score: 8

10:52pm Mon 20 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Excellent news, but would have preferred to have seen the contract as 2.5 years rather than 1.5years.
Excellent news, but would have preferred to have seen the contract as 2.5 years rather than 1.5years. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 7

9:08am Tue 21 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

1 and a 1/2 years is perfect. At 22 years old, providing we offer him a contract before it expires, then another club would have to offer us a fee as he would be under 24 years old.

This is a massive boost for the u's. I have noticed that all of the loan players that we have had, that perform well tend to re sign.
1 and a 1/2 years is perfect. At 22 years old, providing we offer him a contract before it expires, then another club would have to offer us a fee as he would be under 24 years old. This is a massive boost for the u's. I have noticed that all of the loan players that we have had, that perform well tend to re sign. super waluigi
  • Score: -10

9:13am Tue 21 Jan 14

TheCaptain says...

Excellent stuff
Excellent stuff TheCaptain
  • Score: 10

9:21am Tue 21 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Sorry I can't echo any of the above, I think he has a long way to go before I would consider him a good buy! Flat footed, slow off his line and fails to command his six yard box for starters!
Sorry I can't echo any of the above, I think he has a long way to go before I would consider him a good buy! Flat footed, slow off his line and fails to command his six yard box for starters! totallyfootball
  • Score: 8

10:56am Tue 21 Jan 14

Matthegame says...

Your boring TF.

Great signing, well done Joe and Robbie. Investing in our future.
Your boring TF. Great signing, well done Joe and Robbie. Investing in our future. Matthegame
  • Score: -5

11:12am Tue 21 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Matthegame wrote:
Your boring TF.

Great signing, well done Joe and Robbie. Investing in our future.
Just a realist, there are better keepers at lower levels.
[quote][p][bold]Matthegame[/bold] wrote: Your boring TF. Great signing, well done Joe and Robbie. Investing in our future.[/p][/quote]Just a realist, there are better keepers at lower levels. totallyfootball
  • Score: 7

11:59am Tue 21 Jan 14

Matthegame says...

Probably, but they will be under a contract and require a fee?

Sam is free, young, talented & importantly better than what we have already got. He will only improve and is likely to command a fee when he eventually moves to a higher level. After all look at Dean Gerken (albeit at a horrible club) playing a league above, let's face it he never looked that good, and he's probably not better than Sam!

Try and be happy about it. Go on.
Probably, but they will be under a contract and require a fee? Sam is free, young, talented & importantly better than what we have already got. He will only improve and is likely to command a fee when he eventually moves to a higher level. After all look at Dean Gerken (albeit at a horrible club) playing a league above, let's face it he never looked that good, and he's probably not better than Sam! Try and be happy about it. Go on. Matthegame
  • Score: -6

12:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Matthegame wrote:
Probably, but they will be under a contract and require a fee?

Sam is free, young, talented & importantly better than what we have already got. He will only improve and is likely to command a fee when he eventually moves to a higher level. After all look at Dean Gerken (albeit at a horrible club) playing a league above, let's face it he never looked that good, and he's probably not better than Sam!

Try and be happy about it. Go on.
I agree with most of that Matt but I still feel that we fail to get out there and look around!
[quote][p][bold]Matthegame[/bold] wrote: Probably, but they will be under a contract and require a fee? Sam is free, young, talented & importantly better than what we have already got. He will only improve and is likely to command a fee when he eventually moves to a higher level. After all look at Dean Gerken (albeit at a horrible club) playing a league above, let's face it he never looked that good, and he's probably not better than Sam! Try and be happy about it. Go on.[/p][/quote]I agree with most of that Matt but I still feel that we fail to get out there and look around! totallyfootball
  • Score: 5

12:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

totallyfootball wrote:
Matthegame wrote:
Your boring TF.

Great signing, well done Joe and Robbie. Investing in our future.
Just a realist, there are better keepers at lower levels.
Totally, your advice on signing Tom Eastman was "if you think a snail us slow, you ain't seen nothing yet" so there is every chance you are wrong with this one too.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Matthegame[/bold] wrote: Your boring TF. Great signing, well done Joe and Robbie. Investing in our future.[/p][/quote]Just a realist, there are better keepers at lower levels.[/p][/quote]Totally, your advice on signing Tom Eastman was "if you think a snail us slow, you ain't seen nothing yet" so there is every chance you are wrong with this one too. super waluigi
  • Score: -8

12:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Morning Super W lets see Eastman has been a long process I grant you but I just don't see Walker erasing the errors in his game and they are all basics, am patient though, prove me wrong if you can mate!
Morning Super W lets see Eastman has been a long process I grant you but I just don't see Walker erasing the errors in his game and they are all basics, am patient though, prove me wrong if you can mate! totallyfootball
  • Score: 10

8:08pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Eddy D says...

This can only be a good signing. Young, hungry, quality players who have ambition to progress in the game is perfectly suited to our club.
This sends out a great message for the u's in terms of future recruitments too. These lads always speak very highly of the set up, even those on loan short term like Garbutt so credit to JD and RC for creating an environment where quality young players from great backgrounds want to ply/ learn their trade. Fantastic news.
This can only be a good signing. Young, hungry, quality players who have ambition to progress in the game is perfectly suited to our club. This sends out a great message for the u's in terms of future recruitments too. These lads always speak very highly of the set up, even those on loan short term like Garbutt so credit to JD and RC for creating an environment where quality young players from great backgrounds want to ply/ learn their trade. Fantastic news. Eddy D
  • Score: -11

2:14am Wed 22 Jan 14

Boris says...

Does this mean Mark Cousins will be wanting out? He has served the club well in the Championship and League 1, but he now knows that his only chance of playing league football is if Sam gets injured. If he was to leave, it would not be as bad as when Johnnie Jackson or John White left, but it would leave us badly exposed. No doubt his agent is checking out the available options for him when his contract expires.
Does this mean Mark Cousins will be wanting out? He has served the club well in the Championship and League 1, but he now knows that his only chance of playing league football is if Sam gets injured. If he was to leave, it would not be as bad as when Johnnie Jackson or John White left, but it would leave us badly exposed. No doubt his agent is checking out the available options for him when his contract expires. Boris
  • Score: -8

8:29am Wed 22 Jan 14

mojo51 says...

Considering the fact that Col utd have very little money to attract players , this is a decent signing as Walker is young and if he improves (Kicking poor, panics at set pieces at times) could be an asset (financial) to the club.
I for one am happy with Walker as it is rare for us to have a keeper taller than 5 foot.

Up the good old white and blues.
Considering the fact that Col utd have very little money to attract players , this is a decent signing as Walker is young and if he improves (Kicking poor, panics at set pieces at times) could be an asset (financial) to the club. I for one am happy with Walker as it is rare for us to have a keeper taller than 5 foot. Up the good old white and blues. mojo51
  • Score: 6

8:49am Wed 22 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

Boris wrote:
Does this mean Mark Cousins will be wanting out? He has served the club well in the Championship and League 1, but he now knows that his only chance of playing league football is if Sam gets injured. If he was to leave, it would not be as bad as when Johnnie Jackson or John White left, but it would leave us badly exposed. No doubt his agent is checking out the available options for him when his contract expires.
A club of Colchesters size can no longer afford 2 league 1 quality goalkeepers. I think Cousins will leave and free up some more money. We need another young goalie as back up, like the lad they let go last season.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Does this mean Mark Cousins will be wanting out? He has served the club well in the Championship and League 1, but he now knows that his only chance of playing league football is if Sam gets injured. If he was to leave, it would not be as bad as when Johnnie Jackson or John White left, but it would leave us badly exposed. No doubt his agent is checking out the available options for him when his contract expires.[/p][/quote]A club of Colchesters size can no longer afford 2 league 1 quality goalkeepers. I think Cousins will leave and free up some more money. We need another young goalie as back up, like the lad they let go last season. super waluigi
  • Score: -12

9:43pm Wed 22 Jan 14

22EssexMale says...

Great free signing for The U's. He is a good keeper for us and should bring us in a fee once he moves on. Sometimes he is slippery yes, but all goalkeepers make mistakes, it's natual. All in all, who would you rather have between the sticks, Cousins or Walker? I know who i'd have.

Question, does anyone actually know how much first team players earn per week in terms of wages? Is it a few hundred pounds, a grand or 2 or what?

Cheers

Up the U's
Great free signing for The U's. He is a good keeper for us and should bring us in a fee once he moves on. Sometimes he is slippery yes, but all goalkeepers make mistakes, it's natual. All in all, who would you rather have between the sticks, Cousins or Walker? I know who i'd have. Question, does anyone actually know how much first team players earn per week in terms of wages? Is it a few hundred pounds, a grand or 2 or what? Cheers Up the U's 22EssexMale
  • Score: -9

1:07am Thu 23 Jan 14

Boris says...

super waluigi wrote:
Boris wrote:
Does this mean Mark Cousins will be wanting out? He has served the club well in the Championship and League 1, but he now knows that his only chance of playing league football is if Sam gets injured. If he was to leave, it would not be as bad as when Johnnie Jackson or John White left, but it would leave us badly exposed. No doubt his agent is checking out the available options for him when his contract expires.
A club of Colchesters size can no longer afford 2 league 1 quality goalkeepers. I think Cousins will leave and free up some more money. We need another young goalie as back up, like the lad they let go last season.
Carl Pentney is now at Chelmsford City. He was good enough to play a few games for Leicester City in the Championship, as indeed did Mark Cousins for us when we were in that league. But if JD let him go, would he want to come back to a manager who only ever had him on the bench?
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Does this mean Mark Cousins will be wanting out? He has served the club well in the Championship and League 1, but he now knows that his only chance of playing league football is if Sam gets injured. If he was to leave, it would not be as bad as when Johnnie Jackson or John White left, but it would leave us badly exposed. No doubt his agent is checking out the available options for him when his contract expires.[/p][/quote]A club of Colchesters size can no longer afford 2 league 1 quality goalkeepers. I think Cousins will leave and free up some more money. We need another young goalie as back up, like the lad they let go last season.[/p][/quote]Carl Pentney is now at Chelmsford City. He was good enough to play a few games for Leicester City in the Championship, as indeed did Mark Cousins for us when we were in that league. But if JD let him go, would he want to come back to a manager who only ever had him on the bench? Boris
  • Score: 2

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