Colchester United latest: one player leaves, while ex-skipper joins Hatters

Ben Gordon, in action at Notts County, has today left Colchester United

Ben Gordon, in action at Notts County, has today left Colchester United - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Ben Gordon has left Colchester United, by mutual consent, while ex-U’s skipper Magnus Okuonghae has joined Luton Town.

Ex-U's skipper Magnus Okuonghae, in action against Peterborough, has joined Luton Town on a two-year

Ex-U's skipper Magnus Okuonghae, in action against Peterborough, has joined Luton Town on a two-year deal - Credit: Archant

The U’s returned to pre-season training today, at Five Lakes near Maldon, although much of the news surrounded former players.

Okuonghae, who missed the majority of last season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, saw out his contract this summer before becoming a free agent.

The 29-year-old, who enjoyed six good years with the U’s, today signed a two-year deal with League Two outfit Luton Town.

That means a reunion with manager John Still, who was the man who brought Okuonghae to his previous club Dagenham & Redbridge, from then-Conference club Crawley.


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Meanwhile, left-back Gordon has been allowed to leave Colchester, after completing just one year of his two-year contract.

Gordon was recruited by former U’s boss Joe Dunne last summer, from Scottish club Ross County.

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The 24-year-old did play 20 games for the U’s last term, but fell out of favour during the second half of the season, losing his place to Millwall loanee Matt Briggs.

Briggs has since signed permanently, so Gordon, with his chances limited with the U’s, will now be on the look-out for a new club.

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