COLCHESTER United are ready to give trialists a chance to impress in pre-season.

The U’s are likely to allow free agents the opportunity to shine at Florence Park and also in their forthcoming friendlies, with their pre-season game at Billericay Town next week.

Colchester have already made seven new signings this summer, with Alan Judge, Frank Nouble, Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse, Freddie Sears and Luke Hannant all joining on a permanent basis and Cameron Coxe drafted in on loan from National League outfit Solihull Moors.

And U’s head coach Hayden Mullins has not ruled out further signings – with players set to be given the chance to catch the eye as they build up to the new League Two season, which starts on August 7.

Mullins said: “We’re going to get a couple in on trial and have a look at them and if we feel the need that we want to have a look at them in games, then we will do.

“It’s not set in stone but it’s down to the players really.

“If they come in and apply themselves and show us what they can do in games, then we’ll definitely have a look at it.

“A lot of it is us trying to get the boys who have signed up to speed really.

“It’s a case of getting those boys the minutes that they need so that they’re ready to give the season a real go.

“But I’m sure there will be trialists at points and lads we want to look at in different areas.

“We’ve got a couple of boys coming in next week and they could be involved in the games.”


Colchester are looking to add to their attacking options before their first game of the season at Carlisle United, next month.

The U’s have already snapped up Sears and Nouble and were on the verge of re-signing Michael Folivi, only for the former Watford striker to last month suffer an unfortunate injury while in pre-season training.

Colchester have been linked with a move to re-sign former loanee Theo Robinson, who is currently out of favour at their League Two rivals Port Vale.

“There’s still a couple that we want to try and do,” said Mullins.

“We’re looking at the attacking area and potentially, a couple more off the back of that but not too many.”