U’s boss likes look of Icelandic triallist

COLCHESTER United boss John Ward will explore the possibility of signing Icelandic international Matthias Vilhj�lmsson on loan in January.

The 23-year-old, who has six full caps for his country at international level and has generally be utilised as an attacking midfielder throughout his career, has returned to Iceland following a week long trial at the Essex club.

The Icelandic domestic season has just come to a finish and is not due to start again until next March.

And Ward admits he may look to sign the strong 6ft 1in player on a three-month loan from reigning Icelandic champions Fimleikaf�lag Hafnarfjar�ar (FH) at the start of the New Year.

“He has an international pedigree and is very determined to come and play in England,” said Ward.


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“He’s typical of what I would describe as a Skandinavian type of player. He’s very athletic, very strong and very single-minded with his attitude to succeed.

“I’ve only seen him in training so far, as well as video clips of him playing, but it is something I would like to pursue further.

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“He’s returned to Iceland now to be with his two-month-old baby and his lady, with their season having just finished and not due to start again until March.

“We can’t do anything until January, but the possibility of a loan then is something that would be available to us.”

Asked who he had come to know of the Icelander, Ward added: “Through my scouting network – I have people who know people! Andy King and Stuart Gray (Colchester scouts) brought him to my attention and we decided to bring him in and take a look.”

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