U’s sign Billy Clifford from Chelsea

COLCHESTER United have signed 20-year-old Billy Clifford on loan from Chelsea.

U’s boss Joe Dunne watched Clifford in action for Chelsea Under-21s on Thursday night, and has since signed the midfielder on loan for a month.

He is expected to go straight into tomorrow’s squad, to face fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United, especially as the U’s will be without the midfield duo of Anthony Wordsworth (first of a two-match suspension) and Kem Izzet (ankle injury).

“Billy has been in Chelsea’s first-team squad on occasions already and I have been very impressed with what I’ve seen of him,” enthused Dunne.

Clifford will wear the No. 41 shirt for the U’s.

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He has been at Stamford Bridge since the age of seven, and although he spent most of the first year of his scholarship as a right-back, he is best equipped as a midfielder.

Clifford signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2010, having been an integral part of Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup success. He was a mainstay of the reserves last season.

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