FORMER Colchester United goalkeeper Tom Smith has been released by Premier League club Arsenal.

Smith, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the U's, is one of 13 players the Gunners have confirmed will leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.

The 21-year-old made six appearances for Colchester towards the end of last season, helping Ben Garner's side stay in League Two.


Colchester are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper for next season, following the departure of Kieran O'Hara at the end of the last campaign.

Smith joined Arsenal's academy at the age of eight and signed his first professional contract with the club in December, 2019.

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The young shot-stopper made six appearances in the Premier League 2 for the Gunners' U23 side.

He signed a new deal with Arsenal last summer but will now be looking for pastures new, for next season.