COLCHESTER United youngster Tom Stagg has announced he is leaving the club.

The 19-year-old striker, who made his professional debut for the U's last season, is moving on after ten years at the club.

Stagg, who joined the Colchester academy at under-eight level from Kelvedon Hatch, has been banging in the goals for the club's academy teams in the Professional Development League, over the years.

The forward, who has had loan spells at Maldon and Tiptree and Witham Town, began his scholarship with the U's in 2019.

He made his only senior appearance for Colchester at the end of last season when he came on as a substitute in the club's 0-0 draw at Tranmere Rovers, in League Two.


Writing on social media, Stagg said: "To the club that's helped develop and shape me into the person and player I am today, I want to say a massive thank you to all the staff, players, coaches and managers throughout the 10 years that I have spent at Colchester United FC for everything they've done for me.

"The time has come to confirm that with a heavy heart, I have left Colchester United.

"I joined as a young boy with big dreams and aspirations, a journey I've been on with many ups and downs that I will remember for the rest of my life.

"I will always have a special place in my heart for the club and the fans, and will always be appreciative for everything the club has done for me, the amazing memories I have made and will take away with me.


"I've met some amazing people on the way and some lifelong friends that have helped and pushed me to become the player I am today.

"This wasn't easy for me at all but now it's time for me to start the new chapter in my career and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me.

"I wish the very best for the club, the fans and my teammates.

"I joined the club as a young boy, and I leave it as a man."