“I’m a bit too old to get excited” - John Ward

LAST night was a good one for Colchester United.

The U’s played their part in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Portsmouth, as well as welcoming new boy Gavin Massey on a three-year deal from Watford.

Attacker Massey, who had a loan stint with the U’s from the Hornets last season, did not sign in time to play against Pompey, but he should be in the squad for Saturday’s home game against Sheffield United.

U’s manager John Ward enthused: “I’m a bit too old to get excited, but I’m really pleased to sign Gavin.

“It has been in the background for the last couple of weeks, and we have been able to make our move in the last 24 hours.

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“It’s come through pretty quickly, and Gavin is delighted as well, because he knows our club and our players.”

Massey can operate as a winger or striker. The 20-year-old made eight appearances on loan for the U’s last term.

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Michael Rose, who netted a stunning 30-yard goal in last night’s 2-2 draw against Pompey, said of Massey’s arrival: “It’s a big boost for the squad. Gavin is a good player and he well settle in quickly.”

On last night’s game, Ward said: “It was a terrific game of football, and a terrific advert for our division.”

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