Colchester United loanee Matt Briggs happy to leave the Millwall cauldron

Matt Briggs

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Matt Briggs jumped at the chance to escape the unhappy environment surrounding troubled Millwall, by completing a loan move to Colchester United on Thursday.

Versatile defender Briggs, primarily a left-back, has signed for the U’s until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has suffered, alongside the rest of his Lions team-mates, during a torturous campaign in South London. Ian Holloway’s men are deep in the relegation mire.

His last outing for the Lions was a 4-0 defeat at League One hosts Bradford City, in an FA Cup replay just nine days ago, while his last League appearance was a 6-1 reverse at Norwich City on Boxing Day.

No wonder, then, that Briggs is relieved to have arrived at Colchester. Although the Essex club are also embroiled in a relegation struggle, he sees it as a chance to get his career back on track.

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“I jumped at this opportunity,” enthused Briggs, who could go straight into the U’s side for the visit of Leyton Orient this afternoon.

“It’s not a bad thing to slip down the leagues – it’s a good thing to work yourself back up.

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“It’s a good way to get exposure, and get in the shop window, so it’s good for young players to be in the side at Colchester.

“You can always bounce back.

“I’ve got a few mates here as well, and played with a few of them in the past, who let me know about Colchester.

“I went to school with Craig Eastmond, and played with Sanchez Watt and with Ben Gordon for England as well.

“I think this is a good place to come as a young player. It’s similar to Southampton, trying to bring through young talent. It all sounds good to me.”

Of his experiences at Millwall this season – he has actually chalked up 12 appearances – Briggs continued: “I’ve been in and out of the Millwall side.

“We started unbelievably well, then the bad results happened and the fans started getting on our backs. It’s been frustrating for everyone really.

“That frustration has kicked in, all around the ground, so hopefully I can get my confidence back with this move and get playing again.”

Briggs is actually the youngest player to have played in the Premier League, turning out for Fulham at the age of just 16 years and 65 days.

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