Williams’ loan extended

TOM Williams will stay at Colchester United for another month after his loan from Bristol City was extended today.

The 30-year-old’s original one-month loan deal was due to expire after tomorrow night’s home game against Leyton Orient.

However, following two assists and a goal in his last two games, U’s boss John Ward has decided to keep Williams on.

The former Peterborough left-back pushing up to the left of midfield towards the end of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth after Marc Tierney came off the bench to make his return from a shoulder injury.

And it is that versatility – combined with a hamstring injury to Anthony Wordsworth – which has persuaded Ward to extend the deal.

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He said: “Tom has been a good addition to the squad in his time with us so far.

“He has provided good cover whilst Marc Tierney has been out with injury and I still feel he has a role to play with Marc back to fitness.

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“Anthony Wordsworth is likely to be out for another couple of weeks with injury, so Tom’s ability to play further up the pitch will be useful to us.

“I think Marc and Tom down the left will give us an experienced and strong left side to the team if we choose to go that way, so I’m pleased to have him here for another month.”

Williams’ new loan deal will take him through to Saturday, December 4 – his last available game being the trip to table-toppers Brighton.

He has also been given permission by his parent club to play in this Saturday’s FA Cup third round match against Bradford City at The Weston Homes Community Stadium.

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