John Ward refuses to speculate on move for Owls defender

Colchester United boss John Ward has refused to speculate on rumours linking him with a loan swoop Sheffield Wednesday defender, Mark Beevers.

The 22-year-old centre-back has just returned to Hillsborough following a successful loan spell at fellow League One promotion chasers, MK Dons and has also been linked with a temporary switch to Chesterfield,

“I don’t want to talk about players at other football clubs, I don’t think it it right,” said Ward.

“I am making phone calls and have spoken to one or two clubs but I am only looking at loans.”

Ward, who has confirmed that former loan winger Michail Antonio is unlikely to return to the club from Reading, assured fans he was busy trying to draft in fresh blood to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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“I tried to bring some players in before the November deadline and I will be trying again now. If I can, I will,” he said.

“I don’t want fans thinking I am not trying to bring players in. I would like to get a couple of faces in but it is not always possible.”

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Meanwhile, Ward said he was delighted with his side’s 2-1 victory over Harlow in the Essex Senior Cup quarter finals on Tuesday.

United went behind to Scott Smith’s header but won the game courtesy of an own goal from Donny Barnard and a John-Joe O’Toole strike.

“It was more than just a good exercise for the players, it was a very tough game and Harlow did extremely well,” said Ward, who fielded senior players O’Toole, Kem Izzet, Ben Coker, Michael Rose and Mark Cousins.

“In some ways we are fortunate as it was a good game for getting players back that have not played for a while,” Ward added.

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