Gerken departs for City

COLCHESTER United said farewell to Dean Gerken and welcome to defender Magnus Okuonghae, on a day of feverish activity in the transfer market at the Community Stadium yesterday.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United said farewell to Dean Gerken and welcome to defender Magnus Okuonghae, on a day of feverish activity in the transfer market at the Community Stadium yesterday.

Long-standing keeper Dean Gerken, who made 119 senior appearances for the U's, has moved to Championship club Bristol City on a two-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

That could pave the way for Carlisle United keeper Ben Williams to complete his expected move to the U's.


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Gerken said: "I was thankful for my chance at Colchester and enjoyed my time at the club.

"However, a new manager (Paul Lambert) came in and has a different view on how we wanted to take the club forward."

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Gerken, 24, came up through the youth ranks at Layer Road before signing professional forms five years ago.

Meanwhile, Nigerian centre-half Okuonghae will be unveiled today as the U's latest signing, as manager Lambert continues his mission to build a promotion-seeking squad.

The 23-year-old played in 45 of Dagenham & Redbridge's 46 league games last season, and was voted as player-of-the-season by Daggers supporters.

Okuonghae joins midfielder David Fox and defender Lee Beevers as this summer's new faces at United. In addition, centre-half Pat Baldwin also revealed to the EADT yesterday that he will sign a new deal to keep him at the club.

The U's are also set to sign a new striker before pre-season games begin.

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