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U's squad set for shake up
More players could follow Steven Gillespie out of Colchester United this summer, as part of a shake-up of their first-team squad.
U’s boss John Ward has set about the task of recruiting a brand new strike-force, ahead of the new League One campaign.
Colchester are on the lookout for at least two new forwards, following Gillespie’s departure to Fleetwood Town.
It followed hot on the heels of last season’s player of the year Kayode Odejayi joining Rotherham United.
Their departures have left the U’s without a specialist striker.
Ashley Vincent and Martin Rowlands have also left the Weston Homes Community Stadium this summer.
And manager Ward revealed there could be more changes in the coming weeks, as he looks to shape his team for next season.
The Colchester manager has made signing at least two new forwards his top priority.
And West Ham United youngster Freddie Sears - who spent more than three months on loan at the U’s last season - is believed to be at the top of his shopping list.
Ward said: “We’ve finished eighth, tenth and tenth in the three years that I’ve been at Colchester.
“They constitute some of the best finishes in the club’s history.
“But I’ve been at Colchester for three years now and I think it needs a little shake-up, which is what is happening.
“We received a good financial deal for Steven from Fleetwood and the money we receive from that will help us to improve our squad.
“It was very tight before in terms of the budget but this will enhance things.
“The money will go towards us concentrating on bringing a couple of new strikers in.
“I think it’s obvious that we will need to bring players in in that area, after Kayode and Steven have gone.”
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