COLCHESTER United have re-signed Theo Robinson on loan until the end of the season.

The U's have boosted their attack by bringing the striker back for a second loan spell from Essex neighbours Southend United.

Colchester have been trying to re-sign Robinson after his original loan spell from the Blues ended earlier this month.

And the experienced striker, who celebrates his 31st birthday next week, has now returned to the JobServe Community Stadium for another stint.

Robinson made ten league starts during his first loan spell at the U's, scoring six times.

In total, he has made 21 appearances for Colchester in the first half of the League Two season, scoring seven times.

Now the U's will look to Robinson to produce more goals, as they push for promotion back to League One.

Speaking last week, U's boss John McGreal confirmed that they would like to re-sign Robinson.

McGreal said: “He’s gone back to Southend this week but we’ve made our intentions clear.

“We had a chat with Theo before he went and it’s now in the hands of the chairman (Robbie Cowling) and (director of football) Tony Humes, to see where we’re going with that.

“There’s a list that we’ve compiled that we’ve been going through but we’ve let it be known to Theo that we’re interested, so we’ll see where we are with it.

“The good thing is the two-club rule, which means because he’s already played for us and Southend he can’t play for anyone else (this season) unless he drops out of the league, which I don’t think he wants to because he’s scored seven goals in ten starts for us.

“That does favour us in a way and we made it clear to him that we’ll look to try and do something.”