Colchester United keeper’s future is up in the air

Mark Cousins gathers the ball against Bournemouth, behind Josh Thompson

Mark Cousins gathers the ball against Bournemouth, behind Josh Thompson

Colchester United’s back-up keeper, Mark Cousins, is out of contract at the end of this month, which has prompted speculation that he might be moving on.

Cousins has been offered a new deal by the U’s, but the 27-year-old could decide to leave, especially as he failed to make a single first team appearance last season, due to the form of No. 1 choice Sam Walker.

Cousins, who graduated from the U’s youth team in 2004, has been linked with a switch to League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge.

It might be an appealing move – Cousins would not have to relocate, while Dagenham are believed to be on the lookout for a new keeper.

Former Daggers No. 1 Chris Lewington was released at the start of the summer. Fellow custodian Liam O’Brien has since been recruited from Brentford, but the ex-Barnet 22-year-old never made an appearance for the Griffin Park club.

Cousins has made 58 league appearances for the U’s over the last 10 years.