Colchester United keen to extend Kaspars Gorkss’ stay
Colchester United boss, Tony Humes, is keen to extend Kaspars Gorkss’ current short-term deal until the end of the season.
Since Gorkss’ arrival at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, the U’s have kept two clean-sheets in three games – the only two shut-outs recorded in the last 14 fixtures.
The Latvian skipper, who has plied his trade in this country with Blackpool, QPR and Reading, arrived at the U’s on a four-week deal earlier this month, in time to make an impressive debut in the 1-0 win over Peterborough in the FA Cup.
Although Gorkss, together with the rest of his team-mates, endured a tough U’s league debut – he has hardly played this season, having left Reading at the end of last season – he bounced back with a supreme display in last Saturday’s vital 1-0 win at Yeovil.
“We are trying to do something with Kaspars,” revealed Humes.
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“Kaspars has been with us for three games, and we are looking to extend his stay.
“We haven’t actually sat down and talked about it yet, but we will do at some stage very soon.
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“The same with David Fox – we are trying to get his deal finalised as well.
“They are two experienced players, who we both need. Their experience showed on Saturday, as part of a good squad performance.
“Centre-half has been a problem position for us recently, and it’s something we have to nail down pretty quickly.
“I think Kaspars is enjoying his football here. He’s played in three games, with two clean-sheets, so there is obviously something in that.”
There were initial reports, from the north-east, that Hartlepool United boss, Ronnie Moore, had expressed an interest in signing centre-half Gorkss.
But Moore poured cold water over that story during yesterday’s press conference at the Football League’s bottom club, insisting that he had “no interest” in signing Gorkss.
The 33-year-old’s last game with the U’s, under his current deal, is the FA Cup fourth round tie at Cardiff City on January 2.
Humes added: “We need something sorted out before then (Cardiff). It’s new to him. He’s training very well to get himself back to full fitness, his attitude is great, and he’s good for the young players around him.”