U’s duo join Chelmsford and Lowestoft

COLCHESTER United duo Carl Pentney and Sam Corcoran have joined East Anglian non-league clubs Chelmsford City and Lowestoft Town respectively on loan.

Keeper Pentney joins the Clarets until the end-of-the-season as the Essex club try and secure promotion from the Blue Square South (Step Two) into non-league’s top-flight.

The 21-year-old was released by Leicester City last summer and was signed as a third choice keeper by the U’s on a one-year deal last summer. He is yet to make a first team appearance for Colchester, but enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blue Square Premier side Bath City earlier this season.

Midfielder Corcoran joins the Trawlerboys on loan for a month as the Suffolk side chase a third successive promotion in the Ryman League Premier Division (Step Three).

The 20-year-old, who has made one late substitute appearance for the U’s first team, was released by manager Aidy Boothroyd last summer but resigned on a one-year deal when new boss John Ward took over.

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“They’re both young players who need more competitive football than the reserve team set-up can offer them,” said Ward.

“The good thing is that they can continue to train with us and that we’re sending them out to clubs that we trust.

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“It can only enhance what they’re doing and everyone should benefit in this situation, both the clubs and the players themselves.”

– For all the latest U’s news, see tomorrow’s EADT.

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