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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Points rather than contracts are the priority for Colchester United boss John McGreal

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 March 2018

Brennan Dickenson,  battling with Mansfield's Hyden White last Saturday, is one of those U's players out of contract this summer. Picture: PAGEPIX

Brennan Dickenson, battling with Mansfield's Hyden White last Saturday, is one of those U's players out of contract this summer. Picture: PAGEPIX

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Colchester United have more than a dozen players whose current contracts expire this summer, but for the moment boss John McGreal is only focused on propelling the U’s up towards the play-offs.

The U’s entertain struggling Yeovil Town tomorrow afternoon, hoping to record a first win in five matches to revive their top-seven hopes. They are currently seven points adrift of the League Two play-offs.

Key players such as Kurtis Guthrie, Brennan Dickenson and Sam Walker are all out of contract this summer.

“There are so many players coming to the end of their contracts, everywhere. It’s frightening, even at this level,” explained McGreal.

“Agents have been getting in contact already, and the fact that business has to be brought forward to August 9 (new deadline for permanent deals) could have an effect. Players will want to nail down contracts quickly.

“But at the moment we are trying to win games of football. Everyone here is at least contracted until June 30.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

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