Colchester United snap up Alex Wynter on loan from Crystal Palace
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Colchester United have signed Crystal Palace youngster Alex Wynter on loan for the rest of the season.
U’s boss Joe Dunne missed out on his main experienced target, on loan transfer deadline day today – that unnamed player went to a Championship club instead.
But, looking to the future, he has recruited 20-year-old Wynter, a versatile defender who has played most of his career at centre-half.
Wynter joined in training at Florence Park this morning, although he is unlikely to feature at Notts County this weekend.
The 20-year-old has found his first team opportunities limited at Selhurst Park, since making his debut as an injury-time substitute for Darren Ambrose in a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in an FA Cup tie on January 2, 2010.
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Wynter did enjoy his full debut, in a League Cup tie against Bristol City, but otherwise all of his senior appearances have been in non-league, during loan stays with Eastbourne Borough (last year) and Sutton United (this year).
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for myself,” enthused Wynter.
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“I know I’ve got to work hard, to get a chance. I might not get a chance straight away, but maybe towards the end of the season.
“There are some big games coming up this season, and then maybe next season as well? Who knows what will happen?
“This will be much better than just playing in the under-21 league, because it’s big men’s football now, even the training.
“Colchester have got a young players here, who get given a chance, which was another reason why I wanted to come here. It’s a good club for youngsters.
“Crystal Palace have told me to just get some experience, to eventually get into the first team there,” added Wynter.