COLCHESTER United striker Jake Hutchinson has joined National League South side Eastbourne Borough on loan until January.

The 20-year-old striker, who was involved with the U's first-team squad in pre-season, had a successful loan at Hitchin Town, last season.

U's Director of Football Tony Humes told the club website: “This is another step up for Jake in his development, and a great opportunity for him to play senior football at the next level.

"We wish him all the best at Eastbourne Borough, and look forward to hearing good reports about him over the next six months.”

Hutchinson moved to Colchester from Brighton and Hove Albion and steadily improved his standing at the U's throughout his apprenticeship before progressing to the club's under-23 side.

He has gained experience of men’s football via loan spells with Tonbridge Angels, Grays Athletic, Brightlingsea Regent and Hitchin Town.

Borough manager Danny Bloor said: “I am absolutely delighted to get the loan signing of Jake completed.

"It has taken a little time to put everything in place, but we are there now! Jake is a player we have been tracking for some time.

"The Chairman, and Teddy Bloor and myself actually went to watch him play in the Midlands back in April when he was on loan at Hitchin.

"He is an Eastbourne lad, who ticks all of the right boxes as far as I am concerned, and his record tells you he knows where the back of the net is!”