SAM Hornby has thanked Colchester United's 'players, fans and staff' after completing his spell at the club.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper played the final game of his loan spell at the club from League Two rivals Bradford City when he started their 2-0 win at Hartlepool United.

Hornby was in excellent form at Victoria Park, making a number of fine stops and as a result, making the Sky Bet League Two Team of the Week.

The shot-stopper, who made his first Colchester start in more than two months when he featured in their 2-2 draw with Walsall last week, made eight appearances for the club.

He will now return to Valley Parade, where he has a year remaining on his existing contract.


Writing on social media, he said: 'A season that’s thrown a few challenges my way but one that’s been throughly enjoyable, would like to thank the fans players and staff at @ColUOfficial for making me feel very welcome, yesterday was a great way to finish off!! looking forward to a bit of sun'.

Hornby, who has also played for the likes of Port Vale and Chester City, has made a good impression during his time at Colchester.

U's interim head coach Wayne Brown hinted last week that the goalkeeper could be on the club's radar when the summer transfer window opens.


Brown said: "We're looking at a number of players in the summer to try and strengthen the club and I'm sure Sam will be on our radar.

"Whenever Sam's come in, he's been brilliant.

"With Sam, we've brought in another number one as well as Sham (George) and not just a back-up goalkeeper.

"I think that's important to stress, because Sham needs to be pushed and he has been pushed - Sam kept him out the team, after Sham's suspension.

"That was the idea and not only has Sam been good when we've asked him to do a job on the pitch; in training, he gives 100 per cent every day.

"He's a solid pro and he's not let us down."