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George Moncur – set to be Colchester United’s find of the season?

PUBLISHED: 12:41 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:43 22 August 2014

George Moncur, fending off the challenge of Bristol City's Korey Smith

George Moncur, fending off the challenge of Bristol City's Korey Smith

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It’s still very early days, but George Moncur already looks as though he could be the find of the season for Colchester United.

Moncur, snapped up on loan from West Ham over the summer, marked his first two league appearances for the U’s with goals against Oldham and at Bristol City.

And the 21-year-old followed these up with a man-of-the-match display in Tuesday night’s frustrating 2-1 defeat at Notts County.

Mid-January, when Moncur’s current loan spell expires, is still a long way off, but the midfielder is already suggesting he could be with the U’s for the whole season.

“If I can keep the form that I am currently showing, then things might happen after January,” revealed Moncur, following yesterday’s training session at Florence Park, Tiptree.

“I’m more than happy to stay here for the season, if they (Colchester)want me. Hopefully, we can get a few results between now and then. If I’m needed, I definitely would mind the deal being extended.

“Things are going really well for me at the minute. Obviously it’s quite hard with the games not going our way at the moment, but hopefully we can pick up form in the next couple of games.

“The performances have been good, from me and the team, and the points are all that is missing,” added Moncur.

The U’s have so far only collected one point from their first three games, in addition to bowing out of the Capital One Cup at Charlton.

Moncur, though, has struck up a good understanding with Alex Gilbey in the centre of the park, as well as linking up well with former West Ham team-mate Freddie Sears, who scored his first goal of the season at Notts County.

“I had a word with Freddie (Sears) and Dom (Vose) before I came down to train over the summer, with them both having come from West Ham,” continued Moncur.

“Freddie was playing in the first team (at West Ham), but if he didn’t play at the weekend, then he would drop down and play in our games.

“So I was always training with him. I’ve played with him for ages.”

Moncur’s previous loan switch, to Scottish Premier club Partick Thistle, did not go according to plan at the back end of last season. He move up to Scotland at the end of January, but only made a couple of appearances for Thistle.

But it’s a completely different story at Colchester.

“This is the move that is working out quite well for me at the minute,” confirmed Moncur.

“I went to Wimbledon when I was 18, and played about 20 games, but when I went up to Scotland that was a lot harder.

“I wasn’t really playing. I was injured for a while before I went up there, so I wasn’t really fit or on form.

“It was also hard being away from your family and friends.

“But coming to Colchester, they’ve shown faith in me. I’m sure this move will be better for me, in the long run.

“I love to get the ball down and play, out from the back, so the style suits me. That’s how I want to play throughout my career,” added Moncur who, like his Dad John Moncur, a former Tottenham and West Ham midfielder, is a devout Christian.

Moncur is set to make his fifth senior appearance for the U’s against visiting Doncaster tomorrow.

Paul Lambert is confident Ipswich Town can quickly overturn their five point deficit if they continue the progress they have made in the early weeks of his reign.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

Ipswich Town’s Under-23s beat their Crystal Palace counterparts 5-2 at Playford Road this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his observations.

ANDY WARREN spoke to new Ipswich Town first-team coach Matt Gill about his time at Norwich and his start to life under Paul Lambert at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town trio Andre Dozzell, Flynn Downes and Trevoh Chalobah could have the chance to impress the club’s new management when England’s Under-20s take on Germany in Colchester tonight (7pm ko).

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