JOSH Bohui's arrival at Colchester United is a 'brilliant bit of business for the club'.

That's the view of U's head coach Steve Ball, who is delighted to have captured the former Manchester United attacker.

Bohui made his Colchester debut as a late substitute in their 1-1 draw at Walsall on Saturday, with his arrival having been confirmed by the club earlier in the day.

The 21-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Colchester with an option for another year.

After playing in Brentford's academy, Bohui joined Manchester United on a three-year contract in 2016.

He then moved to Holland to play for NAC Breda in 2019, before mutually terminating his contract earlier this week.

Ball said: "I'm really excited about this signing.

"His pedigree speaks for itself.

"He's had a really big rise to Man United and then got a move to a big Dutch club in NAC Breda.

"Through circumstance really we've managed to get hold of him and he's come home.

"I don't want to build it up too much but it's a brilliant bit of business for us because you watch this kid, when he starts playing at this level.

"He's got frightening ability, great pace and he finishes well, so he's going to be a massive asset for us.

"He trained with us on Thursday and Friday and straight away, you see his quality.

"You can see some of his play online; he's played with the likes of Mason Greenwood a lot and has been brought up in that Man United atmosphere.

"Him being with those players can only be a good sign for us,

"He plays our way and we've got the likes of Harriott, Senior, Poku and Brown and now it's Bohui as well."

Colchester's Director of Performance Jon De Souza had a big hand in helping clinch the signing of Bohui, for Colchester.

The young attacker, who made three appearances for England's under-17s during the 2015-16 campaign, knows De Souza well from their days at Brentford.

"Jon worked with Josh, at Brentford," added Ball.

"Jon knows his parents really well and I think they contacted Jon and put the call in and it went from there.

"To get him is a brilliant bit of business.

"I'll be honest with you - when it first got mentioned, I didn't see it happening. "He's played for some big clubs and he's very much sought after but there was a real desire from him to come to our football club, to get his head down and to really kick start his career.

"That's a breath of fresh air for me, because sometimes players choose maybe the bigger club or financial offer but he's decided to come to us and I'm really excited about that."