Gerken becomes a Quaker

COLCHESTER United keeper Dean Gerken has signed on loan for League Two club Darlington.Gerken has been out-of-favour since the arrival of experienced 35-year-old Jimmy Walker on loan from West Ham.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United keeper Dean Gerken has signed on loan for League Two club Darlington.

Gerken has been out-of-favour since the arrival of experienced 35-year-old Jimmy Walker on loan from West Ham. He has only played a couple of games since the end of November.

U's goalkeeping coach Ademola Bankole revealed: “I told him (Gerken) it is better for him to go out on loan rather than just sit on the bench here.


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“No matter how well you train, you can't get better if you don't play.”

Southend-born Gerken has rattled up 104 league appearances for the U's. He was ever-present this season (with the exception of Johnstone's Paint Trophy fixtures) until the beginning of November. Mark Cousins will continue to be Walker's deputy against Cheltenham tomorrow.

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Ironically, Gerken could well be up against one of his Colchester team-mates tomorrow. Striker Sunday Akanni-Wasiu signed on loan for Luton yesterday, and the Hatters are in action at Darlington this weekend.

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