John Ward turns to Gavin Massey after missing out elsewhere

COLCHESTER United’s new signing, Gavin Massey, has already scored twice against the U’s this season, so manager John Ward was delighted to add the 19-year-old striker to his own squad this morning.

Attacker Massey, who can play either up front or on the flank, impressed during a loan spell at Yeovil from Watford earlier in the season.

He scored both goals in Yeovil’s 2-2 draw at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, and now he will be hoping to bang in a few more goals in the other net for the U’s.

He has been recruited on a month’s loan from Watford, and will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s home game against Chesterfield.

Ward also revealed that he had missed out on signing a couple of experienced strikers at the start of the week, and so has turned to the youth and pace of Massey instead.


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“Gavin has come in today, from Watford,” confirmed Ward at this morning’s weekly press conference.

“It’s a youth loan, and initially we have agreed it for a month, which will cover the next six games.

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“He can sort of come and go as he pleases because of the youth loan business, but we have done it as a month. There is a recall clause.

“Gavin played 16 (league) games for Yeovil, and he’s been in Watford’s Championship squad 10 times.

“The reason I have done this is because on Monday I was told pretty strongly that I would not get the two targets that I was chasing, with regards the experienced strikers that I was hoping to get.

“The clubs told me that they are going to keep their players, so I have had to move elsewhere.

“I stood my ground as long as I could, to get a senior striker in, to help out Kay (Kayode Odejayi) and Steven Gillespie, but it has not worked out that way.

“People who can recall the Yeovil game will remember that he stuck his goals away pretty well against us, so I’m getting my own back by bringing him in here for a while,” added Ward.

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