Heath signs permanent contract

MATT Heath can enjoy his summer's break after settling his long-term future by signing a permanent contract with Colchester United.

Carl Marston

Colchester soccer

MATT Heath can enjoy his summer's break after settling his long-term future by signing a permanent contract with Colchester United.

Centre-half Heath has put pen to paper on a new deal, having spent a couple of months on loan at Layer Road from Leeds United at the end of the recent season.

The 27-year-old was hampered by niggling injuries and a lack of match-fitness, but he still did enough to impress manager Geraint Williams.

Ex-Leicester and Coventry defender Heath will therefore be hoping to start next season alongside Chris Coyne at the heart of the U's defence, with fellow centre-half Pat Baldwin also on the long road to recovery following a shoulder operation.

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“It doesn't usually happen that you sign so early in the summer, but it's great news for me,” insisted Heath.

“I know where I'll be playing next season, and I reckon that the club is on the up. I know that we've just got relegated (from the Championship), but there was a real voodoo with injuries, and hopefully we will be better placed than most to get promotion.

“There's also the new stadium (Cuckoo Farm) to look forward to, and hopefully a new training ground is in the pipeline.

“I didn't play much football from February onwards at Leeds, except for the odd game for the reserves, so I wasn't really match-fit when I came to Colchester, which is why I probably picked up a few injuries. It was a big ask.

“It's so frustrating when you get injured while on loan, because you know that you only have the opportunity to play a handful of games,” added Heath.

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