Colchester United sign Brentford midfielder Marcus Bean

MARCUS Bean has become Colchester United’s first signing of the summer after completing a three-year deal.

The experienced 27-year-old midfielder was a top target for John Ward this summer after leaving divisional rivals Brentford on a free transfer.

A delighted Ward said: “He is a big, strong midfielder who brings power to that part of the pitch and can score goals too.

“He has a good pedigree and has proven he can cope with being at the top end of this division.”

The U’s boss hopes Bean, who played 168 times for Brentford in a four years, will provide a good example to the club’s younger players.

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He explained: “With John-Joe O’Toole, Marcus and the others that we have in central midfield, it gives them time to come into the side and compete alongside them in the future.

“Marcus is a player who will set a good example to the young boys in the club, as well as making our first team competitive and a strong group.

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“It is our intention to improve next season - I can make no promises, but we will be doing our best. This deal gives Marcus a chance to be a part of that, and to make his mark on the team and the club.”

Bean revealed Ward’s vision for the future played a massive part in his decision to sign for Colchester.

He said: “I met other people, but the gaffer here was really positive and we talked a lot about football. He impressed with his plans for the club for the future, from the bottom up.

“The length of the contract is good for me, but that and the money play second fiddle to success on the pitch and I want to play as high as possible and I think I can do that here.

“As a player elsewhere, Colchester is always one of those teams you don’t want to play and I want to be able to continue that now that I’m here.

“I believe that with the right additions, we can go far.”

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