James completes U’s switch

Lloyd James has officially signed for Colchester United.

LLOYD James has officially signed for Colchester United.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been on trial at the U‘s since the start of pre-season having been released by Southampton at the end of the season.

He has played in all four of the Essex club’s pre-season friendlies so far, impressing manager John Ward with his range of passing in a deep-lying midfield role.

A former Wales Under-21 international, James came through the youth ranks at the Saints and has made over 71 appearances for the south coast club over the last four years.


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The majority of those came last season, the versatile player – who can also operate at full-back – featuring for Alan Pardew’s side on 40 occasions as they narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs following a 10 point deduction.

Meanwhile, fellow triallist Ben Coker – who was offered a contract at the same time as James last Friday – is expected to finalise his two-year before the end of the week. The 21-year-old left-sided specialist starred for Suffolk side Bury Town at step four of the non-league pyramid last season.

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