COLCHESTER United starlet Todd Miller has this afternoon left the club to join Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 16-year-old winger, who became the U’s youngest-ever first-team player in March when he came on as a late substitute in their League Two game at Exeter City, has linked up with the Seagulls for their pre-season training.

Colchester are expected to receive compensation for the loss of teenager Miller, who is expected to initially be with Brighton’s Academy groups.

Miller, who made only first-team appearance for Colchester, follows fellow academy products Sammie Szmodics and Frankie Kent in leaving the U's, this summer.

Colchester's Director of Football Tony Humes told the U's website: "I'm torn between being delighted for Todd and disappointed we won't see more of him in a U's shirt.

"The element of disappointment is there because we want to develop our players and see them progress into the first team here in north Essex, that's the main aim of the Academy.

"But when a young player gets an opportunity to be at a Premier League side and feels that step is best for him, there's no way we would stand in his way and we all wish him the best of luck.

"It shows the calibre of player that we are developing that Premier clubs are knocking on the door and that bodes well for the club and everyone who has worked with Todd can take a bit of credit."