“Magnus is a great signing for us” – John Ward

COLCHESTER United boss John Ward was delighted to re-sign Magnus Okuonghae, just a couple of hours before the U’s pre-season fixture at Heybridge on Saturday.

It had appeared as though Okuonghae had played his last game for the U’s, after recently turning down the offer of a new contract.

But the 26-year-old had second thoughts, and was encouraged to pledge his future to the Essex club after discussions with Ward, on a three year deal.

Okuonghae did not feature in the U’s 6-0 win at Heybridge. Instead, having signed his new deal, he began preparations for joining the club’s pre-season tour to Holland – the U’s left for the continent this afternoon.

“Magnus is a great signing for us,” enthused Ward.

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“The dressing room is delighted with it, judging by the reaction of a few of the players who just found out as we have arrived here (at Heybridge).

“I only completed the deal at midday, before the game, so a lot of the players obviously weren’t aware of it.

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“The players all know Magnus, and know what they are going to get out of him.

“And so do I,” added Ward.

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