Williams has high hopes for new signing

COLCHESTER United's new recruit Kevin McLeod trained with the rest of the U's squad for the first time yesterday, although there were no new signings to follow in his footsteps as the midnight deadline approached last night.

By Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United's new recruit Kevin McLeod trained with the rest of the U's squad for the first time yesterday, although there were no new signings to follow in his footsteps as the midnight deadline approached last night.

Manager Geraint Williams endured a frustrating day on the telephone, trying to strengthen his squad still further before time ran out.

No permanent signings are now permitted, following the closure of the transfer window, although loan deals will still be possible.


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However, at least the arrival of left-sided specialist McLeod, from Swansea City, has given Williams some more options, as he bids to guide his side away from the Championship relegation zone over the coming weeks.

“Kevin (McLeod) is looking forward to playing in the Championship. There's no doubting his ability,” explained Williams last night.

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“He has trained with the lads for the first time and looks very bright. He had a good spell at Swansea, when he scored several goals, and we're looking forward to getting the best out of him.

“I've been on the phone all day, trying to get some more players in but everyone was in the same boat, not being prepared to let anyone out, while trying to get others in.

“However, in another week it will be possible to bring in emergency loan signings, if necessary,” added Williams.

At least the lack of movement in the transfer market at Layer Road meant that star player Greg Halford, who was on the transfer list at his own request, did not look like moving to another club.

Halford remains a key man as the U's attempt to establish themselves as a Championship club. He showed his defensive qualities, as a right-back in the 4-3 victory over visiting Derby County last weekend.

Colchester have no game this weekend due to the international weekend.

Their next Championship fixture is at Burnley on Saturday, September 9.

McLeod is in line to make his debut at Turf Moor. By then, he will have had the benefit of a full week's training with his new team-mates.

The Essex club had not really replaced Tottenham loanee Mark Yeates, who impressed on the left flank during last season's promotion success story. Yeates is now at Hull City.

Skipper Karl Duguid has operated on the left-wing during the first month of this season.

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