No pressure on John Ward in transfer market

THERE has been no activity in the transfer market, involving Colchester United, since the window reopened at the start of this month.

Manager John Ward has not ruled out the possibility of recruiting one or two new players, particularly in attacking positions, although he is under no pressure to off-load any of his own squad.

Several members of his senior squad will be out of contract this summer, including the likes of John-Joe O’Toole, Ben Williams, Pat Baldwin, Ashley Vincent and Matt Heath. As yet, there has been no news over any possible new deals.

Ward said: “The phone calls are in, and the requests are there to see if we can get a couple of players in.

“I said at the beginning of the month that we would like to bring a couple in to strengthen the squad, and see if we could nudge it up a little bit.

“We tried young Casey Thomas (on loan from Swansea), and although he was no problem for us, it didn’t push the team on a little bit. He was a young, inexperienced player, so I think I have got to look elsewhere to try and get a little bit of experience and know-how.

“It’s not necessary for me to move players on, to get one or two in.

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“Obviously there maybe one or two players that get affected by it, but I am not under that restriction at the moment. But if we don’t get anyone in, I don’t want anyone moving out.

“We haven’t got a big squad, and when you look at the number of games we have got coming up in February, I have to look ahead.

“I have had no enquiries for any of my players,” concluded Ward.

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