Trio of new boys train with U's

COLCHESTER United's first team squad reassembled for the first day of pre-season training at Five Lakes yesterday morning.The U's were put through their paces in the hot weather as they begin their preparations for a long season ahead in League One.

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United's first team squad reassembled for the first day of pre-season training at Five Lakes yesterday morning.

The U's were put through their paces in the hot weather as they begin their preparations for a long season ahead in League One. They finished 12th in the table last term, after a terrible start, but will be looking to finish much higher in 2009-2110.

The trio of new summer signings, defenders Lee Beevers (from Lincoln City) and Magnus Okuonghae (from Dagenham & Redbridge), and midfielder David Fox (from Blackpool), began mixing with their new team-mates.


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New recruit Okuonghae was understandably delighted with his move to Colchester, which was finalised earlier in the week.

The Nigerian-born centre-half said: “I'd heard that they (Colchester) were going for it and they wanted to get promoted so I was flattered.

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“Having spoken to them it was a no-brainer really, and I knew it was a good choice.”

Since the end of last season, Alan Maybury, Mark Cousins and Pat Baldwin, who were all out of contract, have decided to stay at the Essex club.

Amongst those to depart have been keeper Dean Gerken, who signed a two-year deal at Bristol City for an undisclosed fee earlier in the week, and winger Mark Yeates, who moved to Middlesbrough for a down payment of �500,000 a week ago. Striker Akanni-Sunday Wasiu was released at the end of last season.

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