Joe Dunne admits Colchester United are being priced out of signing some of non-league football’s brightest stars.

The U’s boss says the League One club regularly have representatives watching talented players in the Conference Premier and below.

But with a limited transfer budget, he concedes that the League One club now cannot afford to snare some of the best talent outside of the Football League.

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a preview of their game at Port Vale tonight, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.