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Colchester Targeting Judge
Tuesday, 11th May 2021 06:00

Colchester United want to sign released former Blues midfielder Alan Judge.

The 32-year-old left Town last month after reaching 29 league appearances with a 30th set to trigger another year on his contract, something manager Paul Cook was unwilling to do.

Now, the Colchester Gazette has revealed that the League Two U’s want to sign the nine-times-capped Republic of Ireland international.

Judge joined Town from Brentford, whose former academy manager Jon De Souza is director of performance at the JobServe Community Stadium, in January 2019.

The Dubliner went on to make 75 starts and 16 sub appearances for the Blues, scoring eight times.

Colchester are also understood to be keen on released Blues trio Freddie Sears, Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse.

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Bergholt_Blue added 06:05 - May 11
Colchester United or as there soon to be called Ipswich rejects f.c

atty added 07:01 - May 11
Would have thought Judgie could aim higher than that for a couple of years.

ArnieM added 07:11 - May 11
Doubt they’ll get him . He css as n do s job for another league one club... name any in snd around London..... Charlton?

Suffolkboy added 07:17 - May 11
Suddenly become ambitious ? Suddenly found Monet to boost the team ?
This is a Club who for years have failed to successfully market their product despite now having a smashing ground and surrounds !
Best of luck to any hew recruits ,there’s undoubtedly potential to do well !

Europablue added 07:50 - May 11
With Southend exiting the football league, Colchester are Essex's last hope!

Kickingblock added 07:53 - May 11
This year's pre season friendly is going to have an interesting lineup.

bluesman added 07:58 - May 11
If a league one side took the whole lot we could even find ourselves losing to ourselves next season

Harlestonblue added 08:07 - May 11
Not sure about the "Smashing ground" tbh
Have you forgotten about the appalling traffic problems when we played them? Lots of fans not even getting in until half time. In spite of leaving early

MickMillsTash added 08:46 - May 11
The Colchester Ground seemed pretty cold and soulless when I went there.
Best New ground I have been to is Spurs (non Ipswich match) but Derby need an honourable mention for being able to pour 8 pints at a time.
Judge does not have huge options is he wants to stay in London- Wycombe, Charlton, Orient ?

chepstowblue added 08:48 - May 11
With my new found optimism all but drained by yesterday'sannouncemens, I'm seeing a swap deal of Judge, Chambers and Sears being replaced by Smith, Eastman and Nouble !!

LondonBlue73 added 09:13 - May 11
Chepstow Blue - relax and enjoy.
Other than Nydham would you have kept any of the released players?
Of this offered the extension option it makes commercial sense. I reckon Jackson and Donacien will be sold and we can generate income. Drinan is odd but probably nothing to lose squad player.
The key will be signings but I'm optimistic that things are taking shape and much dead wood or average players have been moved on

Northstandveteran added 09:33 - May 11
Indeed Mickmillstash.

When Colchester played at Layer road when it was in the town, a full house in a small ground created quite an intense atmosphere.

The problem for Colchester was always going to be that no matter what the capacity of their ground they were only ever going to attract around 3000 fans.

Which in a 10,000 seater with open corners, in the middle of nowhere, is bloody cold and creates a sterile atmosphere.

BlueBlood90 added 10:14 - May 11
They'll be wanting a ground share at Portman Road next!

Bert added 11:15 - May 11
Too good for Col U. I would have retained him but understand why the club did what it did. We should all remember that we had decent players but when the rot set in after the Hurst debacle nobody played to their potential. I would consider him coming back as a squad player.

Michael101 added 12:34 - May 11
Well if he ,chambers,skuse,sears all sign for col Utd you can bet
We will. draw them in the league/ f.a.cup. Or both lol.

istanblue added 14:00 - May 11
Col U acting as a retirement home for ITFC players.

dubblue added 16:18 - May 11
Colchester Utd to be rebranded the Ipswich B team!

bluewhite added 00:10 - May 12
Rubbish. Just because someone vaguely claims that "Colchester are understood to be interested...", that doesn't mean that Colchester have even been in contact with any of those players, and it definitely doesn't mean they're likely to sign any of them. It's way beyond that club's financial range anyway, unless the players agree to vastly (!) reduced salaries.

What it does mean is that some desperate agent(s), in an attempt to generate interest in the flood of now-clubless players on their books, may have thrown unsubstantiated hints at a local news rag that was equally desperate for a story.

In short, don't believe everything that comes out of the rumour mill at the moment!

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