COLCHESTER United could boost their squad with at least one further loan signing, prior to next month’s big kick-off.

The U’s have already added seven new players to their squad this summer, including Cameron Coxe on loan from National League side Solihull Moors.

Colchester are looking to sign another new striker ahead of their League Two opener at Carlisle United on August 7, with the likes of Theo Robinson and trialist Richard Kone among those linked.

However, the Gazette understands they are not close to completing any deals in that area, at this stage.

They have also been running the rule over former Watford defender Bayli Spencer-Adams, who has also been on trial.


Colchester are preparing for a sixth successive season, in League Two.

They are hoping to fare better in the 2021-22 campaign, after their battle against relegation in the final months of last season.

There has been plenty of change at the JobServe Community Stadium this summer, with Hayden Mullins (pictured above) taking over as head coach on a permanent basis and a number of player arrivals and departures.

U’s recruitment consultant Steve Ball believes the change that has taken place at the club over the summer months will help provide some impetus.

He said: “There were lots of players who knew that they’d be moving on at the end of the season.

“There’s been a mass exodus of players who were out of contract.

“I feel like it’s a really fresh new start to everything.

“With all of the new players coming in, a new head coach in Hayden, a new number two in Alex Dyer coming in who’s a really good guy, there’s a new feel to it.

“I just feel that real fresh start will bring a new impetus to the club which I feel is definitely needed.”

Colchester continue their pre-season schedule with a game at Ebbsfleet United tonight, kick-off 7pm.

The U's plan to send a young and mixed squad - along with trialists - to play the National League South side.