Lisbie deal concludes U's spree

COLCHESTER United's summer spending spree appears to be over.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United's summer spending spree appears to be over.

Eight new players have arrived at the Community Stadium since the end of last season, but that is the end of the influx.

U's boss Paul Lambert revealed: “The chances of other players coming in are remote.


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“Kevin Lisbie was the last big one. He's the last of the big hitters, and his return to the club has been well received.

“I'm sure that Kevin will be a revelation. I don't want to put any undue pressure on him, but he scored 17 goals in the Championship when he was last here, and the crowd will love him.

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“If he can do this year what he did at this club two years ago, then he will be terrific for us,” added Lambert.

The U's boss has strengthened all areas of the pitch, with the arrival of a new keeper, two defenders, two midfielders and three front-runners.

Ashley Vincent (originally on loan), Lee Beevers, Magnus Okuonghae, David Fox, Ben Williams, Grant Holt (player-coach), Joel Thomas and Lisbie (on loan) have all signed over the summer.

Those to leave have included winger Mark Yeates (to Middlesbrough), keeper Dean Gerken (to Bristol City) and defender Chris Coyne (to Perth Glory).

In addition, John White and Matt Heath are both on a month's loan at Southend United, while full-back Phil Ifil in on trial at MK Dons and front-runner Jamie Guy is expected to sign on loan at Port Vale.

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