U's new signing dreaming of Wembley

UNTIL last week, Alan Maybury could not even find a club - now he is eying up a possible trip to Wembley.Maybury made his Colchester United debut at his old club Leeds on Saturday, helping his new club to a marvellous 2-1 win.

Carl Marston

UNTIL last week, Alan Maybury could not even find a club - now he is eying up a possible trip to Wembley.

Maybury made his Colchester United debut at his old club Leeds on Saturday, helping his new club to a marvellous 2-1 win.

The 30-year-old played the whole match, even though this was his first competitive outing of the season. He looked strong at right-back, and will be hoping to feature again at Luton this evening.


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If the U's can win at Kenilworth Road, then they will be just one step away from a Wembley appearance in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.

“It was becoming frustrating not finding a club, although I did have one or two options in Scotland,” revealed Maybury.

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“But I didn't want to be stuck in Scotland, because my career would have been going no where.

“Since being released by Leicester, I have had various trials at clubs, but it didn't work out for a variety of reasons, often because chairmen are more wary about signing up players in the current economic climate.

“Either it was because they couldn't afford the wages, or that they liked me but couldn't find a place for me. Paul Lambert invited me to come down to Colchester for a couple of days, but that soon turned into three weeks!

“I was beginning to think - here we go again. But I'm delighted to have got this chance and I could even end up playing at Wembley, which would be a big turnaround after what has happened so far this season.

“It happened like that last season, when I ended up on loan at Aberdeen and played in a UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich.

“To go from playing in the UEFA Cup to having no club was hard, but that's the reality of football. I wasn't the only one in that position,” added Maybury.

Former Republic of Ireland international Maybury became the 28th player used by the U's this season, after signing on a free transfer last Thursday. It was the culmination of a long and frustrating search for a suitable new club.

The ex-Leeds and Hearts defender was eventually released by Leicester over the summer, after making 102 senior league appearances for the Foxes.

He turned down a couple of offers from Aberdeen, and also had trial periods at Dundee United and Bristol City. He was also linked with Dunfermline and Belgian club Gent.

Yet it was Colchester who ticked all the right boxes, and it was ironic that a new chapter in his career should begin at his first professional club, Leeds.

“I'm not the sort of player who is content to just sit around. I need this new challenge, and I made sure that I kept myself fit in pre-season,” continued Maybury.

“I followed my own programme. I was determined to get a new club in England because I didn't want to have busted a gut for nothing.

“I played the whole 90 minutes at Leeds, although the gaffer kept asking me whether I was feeling all right. I felt good after getting a second wind, although the last five or 10 minutes were a bit of a struggle. I was on my last legs then,” confirmed Maybury.

The Dubliner looks set to have a big part to play during the second half of the campaign, although his involvement tonight will hinge on how quickly he recovers from his exploits at Elland Road.

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