Possible U’s loanee George Moncur set for run-out at Brantham

U's boss Joe Dunne, who could sign George Moncur on loan from West Ham

U's boss Joe Dunne, who could sign George Moncur on loan from West Ham - Credit: Archant

Colchester United boss, Joe Dunne, could sign midfielder George Moncur on loan from West Ham for the season.

Moncur has been training with the U’s since the start of pre-season and, although Dunne is happy with the make-up of his squad, and unlikely to be making any more permanent signings, he is considering a loan swoop for the Hammers 20-year-old.

“George is still with us at the moment,” confirmed Dunne.

“He will spend the rest of pre-season with us. He is doing very well for us at the moment, and again gives us another option in midfield.

“He trains very well with the team and he has blended in well when we have worked on our shapes. He has complemented the team very well.

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“A loan move is a possibility, but that’s it. We will continue to speak to George, and speak to West Ham.”

Moncur, a former England Under-18 international, has yet to make his League debut for the Hammers, although he did come on as an 84th minute substitute in a League Cup tie against Crewe in August, 2012.

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He has had loan spells at AFC Wimbledon (2012) and also Scottish club Partick Thistle at the end of last term, for whom he netted on his home debut against Ross County on the final day of the season.

Moncur is set to feature for the U’s at Brantham Athletic this afternoon, in the first pre-season friendly of the summer, although he will be the only player in action who is not already under contract.

“There will be no triallists involved this weekend,” revealed Dunne.

“That will be the case throughout the next few weeks, because I am working with my team and I’m happy with what I’ve got.

“I have done the work to recruit (new players) and I don’t want to upset the balance by bringing in triallists and leaving people out who might miss out on game-time and tactics.

“I have a tight unit, and we have good under-21s to back everything up. If anything, the triallists will be in that zone, but in terms of the first team, we will be working with what we have got.

“We are all doing it, on a day-to-day basis, so there will be no triallists – and you can’t really call George (Moncur) a triallist, because it is something that I have organised and he is a strong possibility of being added to the group.

“My group have worked together, they are a good group, and I need them to stand and fall together, that’s what we have done from day one.

“So any mishaps or anything that does not go quite so well, we are all feeling it together,” added Dunne.

At the start of the month, Dunne bolstered his squad by securing three new players on two-year deals – Sean Clohessy, Ben Gordon and Chris Lewington.

Right-back Clohessy was signed from Kilmarnock, as a replacement for Brian Wilson, while Gordon arrived from another Scottish club, Ross County, as a successor to Ryan Dickson (now Crawley) at left-back. Ex-Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Lewington will contest the No. 1 berth with Sam Walker.

Striker Dan Holman’s arrival from Braintree earlier this week could well be the last permanent signing before the new season starts.

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