COLCHESTER United have completed their second summer signing after bringing in Southampton centre-back Nico Lawrence on a season-long loan deal.

The highly-rated 19-year-old, who penned a new two-and-a-half year deal with Saints in January, spent the second half of last season on loan at Torquay United, playing in the National League alongside former U's duo Frank Nouble and Tom Lapslie.


Lawrence initially joined Southampton in February, 2022 from Kent Southern Counties league side Glebe FC.

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Prior to that, he had been with the London-based Kinetic Academy and had spells with the Crystal Palace and Fulham academies.


Since joining Southampton last year, he has impressed for their B team and featured regularly in Premier League 2 matches and in the EFL Trophy prior to moving out on loan to Torquay, where he got his first taste of professional football.

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Lawrence was unable to keep the Gulls in the division.


Nevertheless, he impressed during his time with the Devon club, winning two Player of the Month awards as well as the club's Young Player of the Season award.