Luke Prosser says it was always his intention to stay at Colchester United.

The U's club captain, who was due to see his existing deal expire this summer at the JobServe Community Stadium, has penned a two-year deal with the League Two club.

It will keep the 30-year-old at Colchester until at least the summer of 2020.

Prosser said: "It was always my intention to stay and I am delighted to sign my contract and have another two years at the club.

"I've only played 30 games in my two years so far and I had it in my mind that it'd be nearer to 100, so my target is to stay fit and help the team to push on for promotion.

"The squad have had two years to suss this division out and I am sure they'll be wiser and stronger this season.

"I thought I did alright when I returned to action. I was a bit gutted that the season came to a close, because I was desperate to keep playing.

"It's now time to relax - I've just got back from my stag do, and I get married on Saturday, so it's a busy few weeks ahead for me before ensuring I am fit and raring to go for the new season. I've just turned 30 which is a great age for a centre half, so I'm hoping these will be my glory years!"

Prosser made a positive impression in the second half of the season, after returning from a 14-month lay-off due to a knee injury.

The former Southend United centre-back played 16 games in League Two for the U's in the 2017-18 campaign.

Colchester still have three players who are yet to sign new deals with the club, with their current contracts due to expire this summer.

Sam Walker, Kane Vincent-Young and Sean Murray are all still to agree new terms.

Colchester are busy trying to add to their squad for the 2018-19 campaign.

They have already snapped up midfielder Harry Pell for an undisclosed fee from League Two rivals Cheltenham Town, goalkeeper Bailey Vose from Brighton and Hove Albion and young left-back Noah Chesmain from Millwall.