Lisbie’s not been contacted – but has Bowditch?

COLCHESTER United manager John Ward has revealed Kevin Lisbie isn’t one of the two out-of-contract strikers he has made an offer to.

COLCHESTER United manager John Ward has revealed Kevin Lisbie isn’t one of the two out-of-contract strikers he has made an offer to.

The U’s boss can now step up his search for forward reinforcements after key midfielder Ian Henderson ended speculation of a Bosman depature by signing a new two-year deal yesterday.

One striker’s name that has inevitably been linked is that of Lisbie. The 32-year-old scored 30 goals for the club in two separate spells and is now a free agent having been released by Ipswich.

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett has said he is undecided as to whether he will try and sign the former Jamaica international after he scored four goals during a loan spell at the Championship club last season.

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“Kevin is in my thoughts,” admitted Ward. “But I haven’t contacted him yet and he hasn’t contacted me.

“I’m certainly after a striker with a little bit of experience and bit of background to them and he certainly ticks those boxes.”

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David Mooney, who top-scored for the U’s last season with 14 goals during a season-long loan spell, is now a free agent after being released by Reading. Ward says he plans to speak to the Irishman about his future but is yet to do so.

Out-of-contract strikers that would fit the bill for Colchester are Dean Bowditch, Marvin Morgan and Ashley Grimes.

Ex-Ipswich forward Bowditch has top-scored for Yeovil in League One for the last two seasons. And yesterday Glovers boss Terry Skiverton confirmed that the 24-year-old – who scored against the U’s towards the end of the season – had rejected the offer of a new deal at Huish Park next season.

Morgan is also out-of-contract at Aldershot Town. The 6ft 5in striker was a confirmed target of Ward’s this time last year but he decided to stay and try and help the League Two club to promotion.

Things didn’t work out as planned though as Morgan was transfer-listed after an ill-judged rant at fans on social networking website twitter. He ended the campaign on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge as the Shots finished 14th in the table.

Grimes scored 17 times for relegated League Two side Lincoln last season – Ward’s hometown club where he spent numerous years as a player and manager. The 24-year-old’s parent club Millwall aren’t likely to renew the former Manchester City youngster’s contract this summer.

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