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Considering his options - U's boss Tony Humes (right, pictured with assistant boss Richard Hall at a training session last season), will name his new skipper in the coming weeks. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO99161-020)

U's new skipper could be a summer signing

Pastures new - Ben Gordon has been released by Colchester United. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Gordon leaves Colchester

Pastures new - former Colchester United defender Magnus Okuonghae (right, pictured with Clinton Morrison) has signed for League Two side Luton Town.

Former U's skipper Okuonghae signs for Luton

Talks - Colchester United boss Tony Humes says he has held discussions with full-back Ben Gordon on where his future lies.

U's will consider offers for Gordon

Russo determined to ensure U's are fighting fit for new season

Russo determined to ensure U's are fighting fit for new season

Flourishing - Alex Gilbey has established himself as a regular in the U's midfield. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Gilbey keen to continue progress with U's

The Wright experience - new U's joint under-21s coach David Wright says the influence of Dario Gradi has helped him in his pursuit of a coaching role. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO89565-11)

New U's coach inspired by Dario Gradi influence

No return - David Fox will not be returning to Colchester United after failing to agree terms on a new deal. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO102968-21)

U's suffer Fox blow

U's boosted by "strong" season-ticket sales

U's boosted by "strong" season-ticket sales

Full stretch – Bongani Khumalo in action for Colchester last season. Picture: warren page/pagepix ltd

Visa problems could be a stumbling block for Khumalo

New recruit - Matt Briggs has become Colchester's second signing of the summer after joining them on a two-year deal, following his loan spell for them last season.

U's snap up left-back Briggs

Humes wants U's to make home advantage count

Humes wants U's to make home advantage count

One to look forward to - Colchester United fans are already talking about the return of the Essex derby after an absence of more than five years.

Derby date is a "belter" for U's

Back in the fold - David Wright will work alongside under-21 boss John McGreal at Colchester United, after returning to the club as a full-time coach. Picture: STEVE ARGENT (CO94212-56)

Wright relishing new coaching role at the U's

Popular - Kevin Watson won promotion with both Colchester United and Reading.

U's will embrace Royals test says promotion-winning midfielder

Hoping for a good start - George Moncur will be hoping to start the new season as he finished the last when Colchester United host Blackpool on August 8.

U's to host Blackpool in League One curtain-raiser

Back at the U's - David Wright will coach Colchester United in a full-time coaching role, in addition to managing Ryman League division one north side Maldon and Tiptree.

Wright returns to U's and lands Maldon and Tiptree manager role

Ipswich kick-off with a trip to Brentford

Ipswich kick-off with a trip to Brentford

U's to reveal new kit

Impressive - U's defender Tom Eastman played every minute of every game for the club, last season.

U's in the market for experienced centre-half

U's to host Royals in Capital One Cup

U's to host Royals in Capital One Cup

In the mix - Tom Lapslie will be battling for a place in Colchester United's side next season.

Lapslie ready to battle for U's midfield spot

U's must give fans something to be excited about believes general manager Waddington

U's must give fans something to be excited about believes general manager Waddington

Fighting fit - U's new boy Richard Brindley wants to hit the ground running for his new club, next season. Picture: WARREN PAGE

U's new boy Brindley is on a fitness mission

U's snap up former West Ham youngster

U's snap up former West Ham youngster

No return - Anthony Wordsworth is not a player on Colchester United's radar this summer, according to boss Tony Humes.

U's rule out move for Wordsworth

Former U's defender Clohessy links up with Orient

Former U's defender Clohessy links up with Orient

Hot property - George Moncur is one player who impressed for Colchester United in the final weeks of last season. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO102968-25)

Interest in U's players would not be a surprise for Hall

Top man - Sam Walker was in impressive form for Colchester United last season.

Reliable Sam wants to play it again for U's

U's to host West Ham United in pre-season friendly

U's to host West Ham United in pre-season friendly

Platform - Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet says it is vital they keep the nucleus of their squad together if they are to build on their final-day survival in League One. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

U's need to keep core of their squad together, insists Izzet

Done deal - Richard Brindley has signed for Colchester United on a two-year deal. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Regular football was the key for U's new boy Brindley

Start afresh - Dan Holman will be part of Colchester United's pre-season plans this summer, according to boss Tony Humes. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO96567-51)

Holman is still "part of U's squad"

Done deal - Richard Brindley has signed for Colchester United on a two-year deal.

Brindley agrees two-year deal with U's

Massey feeling right at home after "best-ever season" with the U's

Massey feeling right at home after "best-ever season" with the U's

Carolan exit will not affect U's pre-season plans

Carolan exit will not affect U's pre-season plans

Return - Freddie Sears is likely to feature for Ipswich Town against his former club Colchester United when the two clubs meet in a pre-season friendly on July 28.

Sears set for Colchester return in Town friendly

New challenge - Kevin Watson has taken over as Stevenage's assistant manager. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Former U's favourite Watson is new Stevenage number two

Looking to establish himself - Alex Wyner is hoping to command a regular place in Colchester United's starting line-up next season.

U's Mr Versatile targets regular role

Success story - Jacob Murphy proved an impressive addition for Colchester United on loan from Norwich City in the final weeks of the season. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO105165-005)

Humes hoping to avoid relying on too many loan signings

Great character - but Bongani Khumalo is unlikely to sign for Colchester United on a permanent basis.

Khumalo return is unlikely for U's

We meet again - Colchester United fans will be looking forward to seeing their team take on county neighbours Southend United again next season.

U's welcome return of the Essex derby

Setback - James Bransgrove is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in training.

U's keeper Bransgrove suffers injury blow

Plenty to ponder - David Fox is considering a new contract offer from Colchester United but may opt for a move closer to his Manchester home.

Fox considering U's deal

On the comeback trail - Frankie Kent is looking forward to returning in pre-season after six months on the sidelines. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO98694-71)

U's defender Kent on a fitness mission

Target - Matthew Briggs is one of the players on Colchester United manager Tony Humes' wish list. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO105376-098)

Briggs is on U's radar

Experience - new Maldon and Tiptree boss Kevin Watson plans to contact his former U's mentor Phil Parkinson as he takes his first steps in management. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO98694-03)

Watson to contact his former U's boss Parky ahead of managerial bow

Bright young thing - Dion Sembie-Ferris has signed a new three-year deal with Colchester United. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Sembie-Ferris determined to repay U's faith

High climber - Magnus Okuonghae made more than 200 appearances during his six years at Colchester United.

Magnus has no "hard feelings" over U's exit

Departure - Sanchez Watt will leave Colchester United after they chose not to offer him a new contract.

U's release former Arsenal youngster Watt

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