Tom Eastman has no regrets about leaving Ipswich

COLCHESTER United defender Tom Eastman has no regrets about leaving Ipswich Town last summer.

Up-and-coming centre-half Eastman, who turned down the offer of a short six-month contract at Town, to sign for neighbours Colchester on a two-year deal, is loving every minute of his time in his native Essex.

Colchester-born Eastman is seen as a big player of the future, by manager John Ward and the rest of his staff, but the 20-year-old is already making an impression in the first team.

Although he has found his opportunities limited, Eastman produced his best display in a Colchester shirt during last Monday’s 1-0 defeat at high-flying MK Dons. It was only his third start for the club.

“I have no regrets about leaving Ipswich, none at all,” confirmed Eastman.

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“I enjoyed my time at Ipswich but I thought it was time for me to move on, to get some more game-time.

“I hope to be part of the future of Colchester United, because at the moment the club has some very experienced centre-backs, who the manager is sticking with.

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“I just have to bide my time and learn off the others. But I also want to prove that I am good enough to be in the team now,” added Eastman.

Following difficult games at Sheffield Wednesday (2-0 defeat in October) and at home to MK Dons (5-1 thrashing in November), Eastman returned with a man-of-the-match display at MK Dons.

He was handed a rare start due to Matt Heath’s groin injury, and will now be hoping to retain his place at home to Scunthorpe on Saturday.

“Matt Heath is a good player, but I just have to take my chance when it comes along. I think I did that at MK Dons,” continued Eastman.

“Magnus (Okuonghae) helped me through the 90 minutes. He is very experienced, talks a lot, and he keeps me on my toes.

“When I’ve played, it’s been against top six sides, so it’s been difficult for me, but I hope to build on my last performance.”

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