John Ward delighted to capture new boy Martin Rowlands

MARTIN Rowlands could go straight into the Colchester United starting line-up, against Sheffield United this weekend, after completing a move from QPR this morning.

U’s boss John Ward was delighted to wrap up 32-year-old Rowlands on a deal until the end of the season, after the central midfielder was released by QPR earlier in the week.

Speaking at this morning’s press conference, Ward enthused: “I’ve brought Martin in to strengthen the squad. He’s got a wealth of experience.

“He was released by QPR at the beginning of the week, so we moved pretty quickly to get him across here.

“I spoke to him at length yesterday and took him down the training ground to show him the place, and he has duly signed.

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“Martin was really happy to get here and get playing football again.

“He’s here until the end of the season. He’s played a lot of football at around the top levels, and has only had two (permanent) clubs in Brentford and QPR.

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“He’s a good signing.” added Ward.

Rowlands, a Republic of Ireland international. has spent time on loan at Wycombe this season, in League One, but has only made one appearance for Rangers this term – playing in a 2-0 home defeat to Rochdale in the Carling Cup, in August.

Rowlands started his career at non-league Farnborough but made his name at Brentford, scoring 20 goals in 152 goals before switching to Loftus Road. He scored 33 goals in 198 appearances for QPR.

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