COLCHESTER United are hoping that hot-shot Theo Robinson can feature for them in the proposed League Two play-offs.

The experienced striker, who is the U's leading goalscorer this season with 12 goals, has seen his original loan spell from Southend United end, following the suspension of the 2019-20 EFL campaign.

And earlier this month, Robinson signed off from his temporary spell at Colchester by saying his farewells on social media.

He wrote on Twitter: 'Just like to say thank you to @ColU_Official for time had there on loan staff and teammates been a pleasure in short space of time thanks to the fans brilliant as always from day one all the best in future #playoffs #topgoalscorer'

However, the Gazette understands that discussions have taken place between Colchester and Southend about striking an agreement that would permit Robinson to feature in any play-off game, for the U's.

The EFL's rules on loan players featuring in the proposed League Two play-offs in the wake of the coronavirus disruption to the campaign are as yet unclear.

But if Robinson, who is due to see his contract at Southend expire this summer, is permitted to play it would be a big boost for Colchester and their chances of securing promotion if the play-offs are rubber-stamped.

The 31-year-old, who has also played for the likes of Derby County and Watford, has made 32 league and cup appearances for the U's since joining them on loan from Southend, last August.

The U's are currently awaiting ratification from the EFL and FA about the play-offs, after clubs earlier this month voted to end the season.

Clubs were in favour of three teams being promoted automatically to League One, with play-offs taking place to decide on one further side to go up.

A points-per-game format was discussed, with any formal ending of the season requiring a similar agreement being reached by League One.

Colchester lie sixth in the League Two table while their potential play-off opponents Exeter City finshed fourth.

But after the average points-per-game format was applied, the Grecians dropped down to fifth - setting up a potential clash with the U's.

League Two clubs agreed a fortnight ago that the season should end.

But there are still disagreements among League One clubs on how their campaign should be completed, with some sides wanting to end it now and others wishing to continue.