Colchester United now have 'genuine hope' that Kane Vincent-Young will put pen to paper on a new contract to stay at the club.

It had looked like Vincent-Young was set to depart the U's, after failing to agree terms on a fresh deal offered to him at the end of last season.

The 22-year-old, who was Colchester's Young Player of the Year in the 2017-18 campaign, has recently been training with Ipswich Town and played 90 minutes in the Championship club's behind-closed-doors friendly win over Kilmarnock last weekend, as part of their pre-season trip to Spain.

However, Vincent-Young is now back with the U's and will link up with the rest of John McGreal's squad for their pre-season trip to Carden Park in Cheshire, which they leave for today.

And U's head coach McGreal is now hopeful that the former Spurs youngster will agree a new contract to stay at the JobServe Community Stadium.

McGreal said: “Kane will be on the trip to Carden Park, which is brilliant news for us.

“We’ve tried really hard with Kane.

“I don’t know what’s gone on and I’m not going to ask too many questions but he’s been one of our players and he’s been excellent for us, especially during my two-year tenure in charge.

“There’s a genuine hope now that he’ll sign the contract.

“We’ll sit down with his representatives and Tony (Humes) and Robbie (Cowling) and try and get something organised as quickly as we can."