BRANDON Comley's international recognition is positive for both player and club, according to Colchester United head coach John McGreal.

The midfielder will miss the U's home clash with Crawley Town this weekend as he is links up with the Montserrat squad for their CONCACAF Nations League home qualifier against Belize, on Sunday.

Comley made his debut on the global stage last month when he featured for the Caribbean nation for the first time in their match against El Salvador, which resulted in a 2-1 defeat.

As a result the 22-year-old, who qualifies to play for the country through his grandfather, will be absent for Colchester's clash with Crawley at the JobServe Community Stadium.

However, U's boss McGreal says he is happy for Comley to gain more international recognition.

McGreal said: “There’s no way I’ll stop players from going to play for their country.

“I think it’s a tremendous achievement, I really do.

“I’ve mentioned it before - to play for your country at this level of football in division two is a fantastic achievement.

“It’s the same for Brandon and anyone else who wants to play internationally.

“I’m highly delighted for him, because again it puts the club on a good footing as well."

Comley featured for Colchester in their 2-0 win over Southend United in the Checkatrade Trophy last night.

The former QPR youngster was one of seven changes to the U's starting line-up for the game against Blues, with boss McGreal also switching to a 3-5-2 formation.

It followed Colchester's 3-1 loss at Stevenage in their last League Two clash, last Saturday.

“We tweaked the system because we felt as though we needed to do, to get boys’ minutes," added McGreal.

“But that’s really given me food for thought, knowing that we can adapt the shape and put in a good performance.

“We analysed the league game at Stevenage and for 35 minutes, we were very, very good.

“That does tend to get brushed away because of the second-half performance but for that 35 minutes, we were excellent.

“We’ve just said to them to get back to how we were in that period and how we passed.