Sanmi Odelusi has been told he will not be offered another contract by Colchester United.

The former Wigan Athletic attacker has found his opportunities in the U's starting line-up limited since he joined them on a free transfer, in August.

Odelusi has made eight appearances for Colchester this season all as a substitute, with his only two starts coming in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The 24-year-old, whose contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium was due to expire on December 31, played on trial for their League Two rivals Cheltenham Town on Tuesday, after being told he could find another club by the U's.

And Colchester head coach John McGreal said they wanted to give him an opportunity to find another club.

McGreal said: “We’ve spoken to Sanmi and we’re not going to offer him another contract.

“We’ve tried to hook him up with other clubs and that’s why he was at Cheltenham, where we have connections.

“He’s still our player until December 31, unless something happens.

“He maybe hasn’t got his starts that he has wanted but he’s done particularly well for us and affected it from the bench when he’s come on.

“He’s a good character and a great hard worker but it’s just circumstances in football.

“We’ve been honest with Sam – he knows that and he’s known that for quite a number of weeks.

“His attitude and application has been spot on since he came to us and wherever he goes, we wish him all the best because he’s been really good for us as a squad player for us."