Colchester United allowed a number of their players to move on last summer, with many of their decisions influenced by the financial implications of the pandemic.

The Gazette takes a look at where those players are now, nearly a year on from their JobServe Community Stadium exit.


Luke Prosser

Prosser was one of four players who were due to be out of contract to be told by Colchester that they would not be retained.

The former U's captain made more than 100 league appearances during a four-year spell at the JobServe Community Stadium.

In his final season with Colchester he helped them reach the League Two play-offs last season, along with the Carabao Cup quarter-finals which saw them beat Spurs and Crystal Palace and take on Manchester United, at Old Trafford.

The 33-year-old defender moved onto their League Two rivals Stevenage and made 34 league and cup appearances for the Hertfordshire club, this season.


Frank Nouble

After being informed by Colchester that he would be offered a new contract last summer, the popular forward joined Plymouth Argyle.

The 29-year-old made 31 appearances for the League One club, scoring once, before re-joining the U's on loan last February.

Nouble scored three times for Colchester on his return and played his part in them staying in League Two.

He is now looking for his next challenge, following his release from Plymouth.


Ryan Jackson

Experienced right-back Jackson has just enjoyed a productive season with League One side Gillingham, after joining them from Colchester last summer.

The 30-year-old, who clocked up nearly 150 league and cup appearances during his three-year spell at the U's, was a regular starter for the Gills under Steve Evans.

He made 50 appearances for the League One side, this season.


Brandon Comley

Midfielder Comley linked up with Bolton Wanderers on a two-year deal after being told by Colchester that he would not be offered a new contract, last summer.

The Montserrat international featured several times for his new club in the early part of the season but has struggled for game time in 2021, at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Bolton are now planning for life in League One, following their promotion this season.


Louis Dunne

The midfielder was released by Colchester as a player last summer after making five first-team appearances for the club, after progressing through their academy.

Last month, he signed a one-year deal to play for National League South outfit Chelmsford City.

The 22-year-old has a full-time role coaching the under-12s in the U’s academy, along with working with youngsters within Colchester United's community scheme.


Cameron James

Versatile defender James was one of a dozen U’s academy players to be told last summer that they would not have their contracts renewed.

He spent 13 years at the club after joining them when he was nine and made 31 first-team appearances for the club.

James joined Chelmsford last August and is now preparing for a second season with the National League South outfit.

Callum Anderson

Midfielder Anderson joined Thurlow Nunn League premier division Haverhill Rovers last August, after being released by Colchester.

The youngster made 18 appearances in the Isthmian League North for Maldon & Tiptree in the 2018/19 season, before re-joining the Jammers on loan again the following campaign.

Bailey Vose

Goalkeeper Vose joined Margate last summer, after being released by Colchester.

Vose joined Colchester from Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee, in the summer of 2018.

He signed a two-year deal but did not make a first-team appearance, during his time with the U's.

Tyrique Hyde

Midfielder Hyde joined Dulwich Hamlet last October, following his release by the U's.

He had previously played for National League South club Dartford on loan from Colchester and had also spent time with Dagenham and Redbridge.

Callum Jones

Striker Jones signed for Chelmsford City on a two-year deal, in April.

Jones progressed through the U's academy during his time at the club and enjoyed impressive scoring run for them in the 2017/18 FA Youth Cup.

Percy Kiangebeni

Young midfielder Kiangebeni most recently played for Enfield Town.

He into a dual-registration arrangement with Braintree Town, last August and has also played for Thurrock.

Kiangebeni had previously played for St Albans City under former U's favourite Ian Allinson, before joining Colchester in February, 2019.

Tariq Issa

The 23-year-old was one of a number of players to be released by Colchester United last summer, having been at the club since he was 12 years old.

In 2016, he penned a four-year deal with the U's, keeping him at the club until last summer.

Issa made his senior debut for the U's in the EFL Trophy against Southampton under-23s in October 2016.

The former Maldon and Tiptree and Needham Market loanee was a regular for Colchester's under-23s, prior to leaving the club.

Luke Ige

Former U's defender, who spent time on loan at Witham Town, most recently played for Isthmian Premier outfit Merstham following his release by Colchester.

Chandler Hallett

Former Colchester goalkeeper Hallett joined Toolstation League side Wellington, last summer after leaving the U's.

Dean Ager

Former Thurstable School pupil Ager left Colchester, last summer.

He had come through the U's academy but failed to make a first-team appearance for the club.