FORMER Colchester United goalkeeper Dean Brill has landed an academy coaching role at Tottenham Hotspur.

Brill, who had a stint with the U's in the 2016-17 campaign, is taking up a new role with Spurs under-23s/under-18s.

The 35-year-old has most recently been working at Leyton Orient as their goalkeeping coach.

Brill was at Luton Town between the ages of nine and 23 and made more than 100 appearances for them during two spells at Kenilworth Road.

He played in all three Football League divisions for the Hatters and helped them win the Football League Trophy with a win over Scunthorpe United at Wembley, in 2009.

After a spell in Scotland with Inverness CT and then Motherwell, the goalkeeper then linked up with Colchester.

He did not make a first-team appearance during his time at the JobServe Community Stadium and linked up with Orient as a goalkeeping coach in 2017.

Brill came out of retirement for the O's and became a vital member of the squad, helping them win promotion from the National League.

He reverted back to his role as goalkeeping coach again at the start of the 2020-21 season but has now made the move to Spurs' academy.

Speaking to the Leyton Orient website, he said: “I wanted to say thank you to the Club; when I came in as part of the rebuild, I was lucky enough to be given my first coaching role, and a job of that magnitude was brilliant, and has set me up to where I am today.

“Things transpired, and I ended up playing, which gave me a fairy-tale ending to my career, having had a bad injury in Scotland. I played over 100 games for the Club and had some unbelievable times in helping the club get it back to where it needed to be.

“The memories of promotion, that season, the group of people, the fans. It was just a special time. Losing Justin was massive, but as a Club we all rallied together, and he’ll always hold a massive place in our hearts.

“It’s been a crazy four years, and to finish back where I started, and to get the experience to go on to try my hand at something else, which is developing young goalies, something I’m really passionate about.”