U's stars may have to be patient over contract talks

Gazette: Waiting game - Clinton Morrison is one of a number of players out of contract at Colchester United at the end of the season. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO89001-18) Waiting game - Clinton Morrison is one of a number of players out of contract at Colchester United at the end of the season. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO89001-18)

Colchester manager Joe Dunne says his players may have to be patient over any future contract talks.

Sam Walker and Alex Gilbey have both committed themselves to the U’s but a number of their players will see their deals run out at the end of the season.

Skipper Brian Wilson, Clinton Morrison and David Wright are among those whose contracts are due to expire, after the current campaign has finished.

And with Dunne’s budget to be cut again, the U’s boss has stated any negotiations may have to be put on the backburner – for the time being at least.

Dunne said: “We’ll have to bide our time with the players who are out of contract.

“My focus is very much on what’s happening on the field and then we’ll gradually move to the off-field stuff.

“If I pick a player who is out of contract to play, then I expect him to play for the club. He’s still contracted to the club and we pay the players’ wages.

“If the contract is not being negotiated or renewed until the end of the season, then you still have to go out and give all you can on the pitch. We’ve all been there as players.

“Budget-wise, it’s going to change again this year and it won’t get any better.

“It’s knowing where we are in terms of the budget we’re working to, which isn’t set in stone yet.”

Dunne is still hoping to sign a new central defender in the coming weeks, to bolster his squad for the final three months of the season.

The Colchester boss has been an active player in the transfer market during his 16-month reign in charge at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

And he says he has a good relationship with players and their agents and representatives, when negotiating possible transfers.

“I take an active role in talking to players, clubs and agents and then I hand it over to Robbie (Cowling),” said Dunne.

“He’s the man who has to pay their wages and it’s a case of communicating.

“One thing that I’ve noticed is that the agents like talking to me and I don’t mind speaking to them.

“I’ve had a hands-on approach with every player that I’ve brought in pand it’s helping me as a young manager.

“A lot of other clubs have mediators but when it comes down to the money side of it, I talk to Robbie.”

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

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8:29am Fri 24 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Rosey outlook for next season?
Rosey outlook for next season? stevedawson
  • Score: -5

10:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Extremely risky not to get contracts sorted earlier. Looks like the start of next season could be iffy yet again. More cuts, more youngsters, no experience and poor wages! It just doesn't bear thinking about! Just beginning to build a decent side and we could lose more of our experienced players. Damaging to season ticket sales yet again!
Extremely risky not to get contracts sorted earlier. Looks like the start of next season could be iffy yet again. More cuts, more youngsters, no experience and poor wages! It just doesn't bear thinking about! Just beginning to build a decent side and we could lose more of our experienced players. Damaging to season ticket sales yet again! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 21

11:20am Fri 24 Jan 14

TheCaptain says...

If they are the only three out of contract then not much will change. And probably the only one we need to keep is Wilson.
If they are the only three out of contract then not much will change. And probably the only one we need to keep is Wilson. TheCaptain
  • Score: -5

2:33pm Fri 24 Jan 14

norwood70 says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Extremely risky not to get contracts sorted earlier. Looks like the start of next season could be iffy yet again. More cuts, more youngsters, no experience and poor wages! It just doesn't bear thinking about! Just beginning to build a decent side and we could lose more of our experienced players. Damaging to season ticket sales yet again!
More negative claptrap from our merchant of doom!!!!
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Extremely risky not to get contracts sorted earlier. Looks like the start of next season could be iffy yet again. More cuts, more youngsters, no experience and poor wages! It just doesn't bear thinking about! Just beginning to build a decent side and we could lose more of our experienced players. Damaging to season ticket sales yet again![/p][/quote]More negative claptrap from our merchant of doom!!!! norwood70
  • Score: -24

2:47pm Fri 24 Jan 14

hungrystudent says...

BoringBaz.... That might be a good name for you this site.
BoringBaz.... That might be a good name for you this site. hungrystudent
  • Score: -27

6:23pm Fri 24 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

Well as much as Morridon tries, and I really think he does, he is probably on a cracking wage. I think he will have to go, unless he stays on as a coach of some kind.
D.Wright is a good player, but I think Dunne make a call in him at the end of the season based on what else is available for less.
Wilson is a must keep, and a wage freeze would suit everyone, should the wages be available.
Well as much as Morridon tries, and I really think he does, he is probably on a cracking wage. I think he will have to go, unless he stays on as a coach of some kind. D.Wright is a good player, but I think Dunne make a call in him at the end of the season based on what else is available for less. Wilson is a must keep, and a wage freeze would suit everyone, should the wages be available. super waluigi
  • Score: -15

7:04pm Fri 24 Jan 14

crazy comments says...

Not one of them worth worrying about. They are all past their best.
Not one of them worth worrying about. They are all past their best. crazy comments
  • Score: 18

7:11pm Fri 24 Jan 14

crazy comments says...

Surprise news that Freddie Lap has moved on. Wish him well.
Surprise news that Freddie Lap has moved on. Wish him well. crazy comments
  • Score: 13

7:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Toecap Joe says...

A few years ago at the annual Season Ticket Holders forum I recollect John Ward telling us that potentially Freddie Ladapo was the best striker on our books! Unfortunately it seems that he has not made the anticipated progress but nevertheless I wish him every success in the future.
A few years ago at the annual Season Ticket Holders forum I recollect John Ward telling us that potentially Freddie Ladapo was the best striker on our books! Unfortunately it seems that he has not made the anticipated progress but nevertheless I wish him every success in the future. Toecap Joe
  • Score: 8

12:21am Sat 25 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Norwood70 and HS I'll treat your comments with the contempt they deserve. Ignorance really is bliss.
Norwood70 and HS I'll treat your comments with the contempt they deserve. Ignorance really is bliss. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 9

1:27am Sun 26 Jan 14

Boris says...

Toecap Joe wrote:
A few years ago at the annual Season Ticket Holders forum I recollect John Ward telling us that potentially Freddie Ladapo was the best striker on our books! Unfortunately it seems that he has not made the anticipated progress but nevertheless I wish him every success in the future.
24 hours after leaving Col U, Freddie was playing in the 4th round of the FA Cup at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, and very nearly scored the equaliser to earn his new club a replay. OK, it didn't happen for him, but it was not a bad start. Maybe his new manager will appreciate him more than JD did, and his career will really take off. Good luck, Freddie.

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[quote][p][bold]Toecap Joe[/bold] wrote: A few years ago at the annual Season Ticket Holders forum I recollect John Ward telling us that potentially Freddie Ladapo was the best striker on our books! Unfortunately it seems that he has not made the anticipated progress but nevertheless I wish him every success in the future.[/p][/quote]24 hours after leaving Col U, Freddie was playing in the 4th round of the FA Cup at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, and very nearly scored the equaliser to earn his new club a replay. OK, it didn't happen for him, but it was not a bad start. Maybe his new manager will appreciate him more than JD did, and his career will really take off. Good luck, Freddie. . Boris
  • Score: 2

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