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Colchester Boss McGreal Hoping to Keep Vincent-Young
Friday, 29th Jun 2018 10:50

Colchester United boss John McGreal hasn’t given up hope that full-back Kane Vincent-Young, who is understood to be interesting the Blues along with a number of other clubs, will stay with the U’s.

Vincent-Young, 22, turned down a new Colchester contract at the end of last season but was with the squad when they returned for pre-season training yesterday.

Former Blues defender McGreal says he’d love the former Tottenham academy youngster to stay at the JobServe Community Stadium but is realistic that he could end up elsewhere.

“Kane is a little bit different, because there’s that compensation on his head [as he's under 24 years of age],” he told the Colchester Gazette.

“We’re still trying to keep him at the club but we know it’s out of our hands at times, if there are other clubs out there who want him.

“Kane’s attitude is fantastic. He’ll get on with his work and looking at his stats, he’s come in and done really well.

“At this moment in time, who knows what’s going to happen? We’d love him to stay so it’s one where we’ll wait and see what happens.

“We’ll still try and persuade him to stay because he’s been one of our own and he’s been a prominent player in my starting XI over the last two years.

“I’d love him to stay and we’ve made that quite clear but if big clubs come knocking and try and persuade him, we don’t want to stand in a player’s way.

“It’ll be a case of having a little bit of patience with Kane and seeing where that takes us.”

McGreal also confirmed that keeper Sam Walker, 26, has left the U’s, also having turned down a contract at the end of last season.

Walker, a former Town season ticket holder, is a player who has interested the Blues in the past and could well be on the radar if they need to bring in another keeper this summer.

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PortmanTerrorist added 11:11 - Jun 29
22, consistent performer, has experience of how to play behind a winger (let's face it none of ours do except Josh), wouldn't have to move.....hopefully ambitious to play for a "Big" Club.

No objections here, and with just comp to pay out, financially you would be struggling to lose money on the deal. Again another punt worth taking.

TonyHumesIpswich added 11:40 - Jun 29
No shock if we sign Walker

BlueandTruesince82 added 11:52 - Jun 29
But wait, wasn't he "let go" by Colchester and not wanted by them?


Oh well......... whatever.

budgieplucker added 11:53 - Jun 29
Given that he can play both left and right back and operate both as a wing back and winger then for a very small fee he would well be worth the investment. I can’t see Spence and Knudsen staying beyond this season, so this would be a very useful one for the future and I can see him breaking into the first team.

Ipswichbusiness added 16:29 - Jun 29
It's interesting that two of their younger players have been offered new contracts, turned them down and left. It could mean that there is something wrong at Colchester (e.g. poor offers) or that they are hoping for better elsewhere (you would expect them to have new clubs to go to).

In my book we should be concentrating on signing centre-backs and wingers.

Essexipswichboy added 19:03 - Jul 2
Exactly Ipswichbusiness

Maybe them offers were not good enough , maybe the players were deemed not good enough

Just an opinion
Sorry if I got one whatever

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