Former U’s midfielder Steve Ball joins Academy coaching staff

STEVE Ball, who played for Colchester United during two spells in the early 1990s, is returning to the Essex club to join the coaching staff at the U’s Academy.

Ex-Arsenal trainee Ball enjoyed two successful seasons at Leiston Town, before announcing his decision to leave.

Ball said: “It is with great regret that I have to announce I will be leaving Leiston FC.

“I have been offered a full-time coaching position within the Colchester United Academy, beginning in July, which is a great opportunity and one that I couldn’t turn down.

“When the gaffer (Leiston boss Mark Morsley) rang me two years ago and asked to meet to discuss being his number two, I never imagined the journey we would go on, which has now lead us to the Ryman League Premier Division, thanks to back-to-back championships,” added Ball.

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The U’s impressive new training headquarters at Tiptree will be open this summer. This is where Ball, 42, will be based.

Ball had a short spell at Layer Road during the relegation season of 1989-90, but later returned after a two-season stay at Norwich City, during the eras of Roy McDonough, George Burley and Steve Wignall, from 1992 to ‘96. He played 64 league games during his second stay.

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