Maybury to stay with U's

ALAN Maybury will still be a Colchester United player next season.

Carl Marston

ALAN Maybury will still be a Colchester United player next season.

The ex-Leeds United and Leicester City full-back was out of contract this summer, but he has now put pen to paper on a new, long term contract.

And it's a case of a double celebration for Maybury this summer, because the Irishman has also got married.

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Maybury's decision to stay is a big boost for the U's, not least because the experienced 30-year-old impressed during his six-month stint with the Essex club during the second half of last season.

The Dubliner did not sign until December, having hedged his bets over a new club following his release from Leicester City last summer. He had actually ended the previous campaign on loan at Aberdeen.

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“I have really enjoyed the last six months, and it's pleasing to be able to extend my contract,” enthused Maybury.

“I missed out on a lot of football last season, so I can't wait for August and the new campaign. As mad as it sounds, I'm also looking forward to a full pre-season's training.”

Maybury was a virtual ever-present from December onwards, making 25 appearances. He even enjoyed one outing in the unfamiliar position of central midfield, in the 2-0 win at Hereford in April.

A Republic of Ireland international, the versatile Maybury therefore follows in the footsteps of keeper Mark Cousins, who also signed a new deal earlier in the summer.

That just leaves centre-half Pat Baldwin as the one player who is currently stalling over a new deal. The former Chelsea trainee is mulling over the offer of a new contract, having been the U's No. 1 choice central defender last year.

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